Mount Lowe Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Mount Lowe Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1092 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

walking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Parking a little difficult. Needed to climb a gate to enter. Good incline. Wildflowers were beautiful!

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

A road with nice views of the Morros. Moderate mtn bike traffic, watch out for them as they seldom use bells or the "on your right!" warning. Only one had a bell out of 8. Not a proble, but just to let you know. We have traveled this road in the evening for a nice sunset during summer when the temps are high and the glow worms are out. This makes a great night hike and an awesome sunset. Aroundd December, the temps were right around 40 with a wind chill for kicks. A good base layer and a light jacket kept us comfortable. We went on through to Sulphur pots from the East Cuesta portal via Mt Lowe rd. Pretty windy all day in the expected areas. Easy work out to the top with a great view along the way.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Good trail, just a wide dirt road. Had to climb the gate to get in. Parking garage right off the highway for about 7 cars. If you go straight on the road instead of taking a left at the fork to Mount Lowe, it leads further into the wilderness area & connects to a whole bunch more hiking trails if you want to add distance onto your hike

Monday, June 13, 2016

trail running
Monday, June 13, 2016

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Love this trail!! So many amazing views, shade and sun and not overly popular

Friday, January 29, 2016

A great hike! Stunning views all the way. Wonderful rock formations and ever changing vegetation as you gain elevation. No trash along the trail "at all!"

walking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

mountain biking
Monday, December 08, 2014

hiking
Sunday, September 21, 2014

You'll likely have to climb over the main gate to access the trail road but once on the trail the hike is nice and scenic, some of the best topographic views of the San Luis Obispo area, along with Cerro Alto (though this trail has more shade coverage than Cerro Alto, which is a plus.) The top of the trail is particularly spectacular as the top of the ridge houses a giant pine forest on the edge of the Los Padres - I never knew this may pine trees could grow along the Central Coast!

walking
Thursday, August 14, 2014

This is a fairly moderate walk with great views all along. It is actually a road not a trail.

hiking
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

East Cuesta Ridge trail is an easy trail, its basically a private road on the North bound 101 freeway. You vere right after the top of Cuesta 101 where you'll see a few cars parked along 101 north. Its a pretty trail but some people think its boring but I think it gets prettier as you keep heading to the top, you get more pine trees as you hike higher. This is the highest trail in San Luis Obispo, its a good walk but worth it.