Cerro Alto Trail Loop

HARD 125 reviews
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Cerro Alto Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morro Bay, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1496 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Water and restrooms on site. Max 2 vehicles per campsite.

hiking
15 days ago

17 days ago

Great cardio workout without the need to run. Terrific views. Good option for preparing or conditioning for a backpacking trip.
Only negative is that the trailhead is in a day use fee area so it will cost $10 to hike the 4 mile loop

hiking
18 days ago

Tough climb but worth the view.

19 days ago

beautiful! wonderful hike!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Love this trail for its amazing views and rigorous climb.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Strava said 5.5 miles for the way we went but overall views are awesome and hike is do able! Some pretty steep parts but overall fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail along beautifully vegetated hillsides, with a world-class 360-degree view at the top. This well-maintained trail is rated "hard", but I think it's actually moderately difficult. I highly recommend this very satisfying hike.

1 month ago

This is the perfect day hike. Easy to get to the trailhead from anywhere in San Luis Obispo county, great area to park, well maintained trails, not too crowded, great vegetation and trees. The way up is a good work out but is doable for someone that is in average shape... and the views are incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, Was a great challenge to get to the summit peak but the view is breathtaking and amazing recommend to any one looking for a good challenge

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I'd definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking for something a little harder and more out there then something like bishops peak. Took me about an hour and a half to get to the top and an amazing 360 degree view on a clear day from Morro rock to Atascadero area. Trail is marked out well minus a few spots but using common sense you can figure out where you need to go. Make sure you bring 10$ to pay the day fee or 25$ for camping. Ticks, rattlesnakes and mountain lion warnings posted but that's normal for hiking in my opinion.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

Probably my favorite trail I've had the chance to trek in SLO County. The most challenging physically and only recommended for higher fitness levels, especially if you're planning on hiking up to the peak. I took my bike up to the top and it was pretty savage, but the views are utterly amazing. I could see from Guadalupe all the way to Ragged Point. Easily the greatest ocean view I've ever seen. The ride down was an adrenaline rush to say the least but oh so worth the push up the peak. Lots of cool nature views, creeks, etc. I even saw a horny toed lizard when I was up at the peak, which I did not expect or even knew existed out there. Just an amazing place to hike. Be sure to bring at least $10 with you for parking as the county charges to park

3 months ago

Dont let sammi review scare u off seems like he or she is inexperienced and out of shape... i have climbed this with a 2 year old on my back.. it is challenging but doable, check weather, better to go on cool day as there is little shade.. take plenty of water.. maybe some trail mix but no need to pack full meal if ur relatively in shape.

trail running
4 months ago

Went despite the previous reviews- they must not have been very good at hiking. Great well maintained trail and one of the harder ones in the area, and do make it to the top: the views are amazing and worth it if weather is good. For an easier version or for mt biking, make it to the first tier up the mountain - great views, easy, and hard packed.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this hike!! Definitely recommend it