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Mount Lowe Trail is a 8 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: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,125 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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private property
9 days ago

Private property first 2 miles. Then national forest. About 1.6 miles in, pine trees are growing :-)

hiking
29 days ago

Great wide road/trail. We saw three baby rattle snakes on the trail on the way up. Beautiful views and a nice incline. A must do but just keep an eye out for snakes (they love the warm road)

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no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful hike mostly road but plenty of opportunities to go off on your own path. love it...did it in the rain and it was very majestic.

hiking
1 month ago

Foggy

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice trail. It is a fire road with a gradual incline with lovely oak trees at the beginning and eventually great views of the 9 Sisters and the Santa Lucia wilderness. It is located at the top of the cuesta grade. You have hop a fence to get onto the trail/road.

hiking
3 months ago

well maintained. trail is wide enough to drive up. very impressive views to the south west. not too difficult. quite a bit of dog mess. watch where you step.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this hike. It had the perfect incline. I did 10 miles. No complaints at all. Parking is right off of the freeway on the right side.

hiking
3 months ago

No brainers walk that requires little effort except the distance. The hardest part if this hike is getting to the trailhead from 101NB. Love the view out to Morro Rock.

4 months ago

really enjoyed this hike this morning. awesome view of 8 of the 9 Sister Peaks spanning across San Luis County. not to difficult so kid friendly. wide road trail.

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4 months ago

Super wide trail, Non shaded the higher you get. Easy steady incline the first 3 miles, last mile is a bit steeper to the towers. As a newbie to hiking, I really like this trail, good three hours and 8 miles, I’ve done it 4 times.

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7 months ago

This was a really pleasant hike! We did about 6 miles. It’s all up hill on the front end, but a nice steady grade with expanding, beautiful views as you go. Partly shade. TIP!!! You have to climb through or hop the fence at the entrance. We spent a while trying to locate the actual entrance because it seemed weird to hop a fence but we asked a local who pointed us in that direction. Agree that getting to the trailhead is a bit dangerous if you are traveling on 101 south because you have to basically make a U-turn on the highway.

hiking
7 months ago

Hard to rate the trail since I never got to it which is why I feel the need to make comment! First tip: you can only get to this trail traveling north bound on the 101! We were going south and even then missed the little turn off. Turned around on dangerous 101 and exited to the south bound side thinking that’s where the trail was but it isn’t here...it is across the highway and you can’t walk to it as there is no walking bridge or tunnel under 101 to get there. Horrible place to have a trail head right on the side of a very busy highway!

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bugs
11 months ago

Pretty easy hike until the last mile or so. Lots of wildlife. Deer, lizards, snakes, cotton tails, and lots of alligator lizards. Flowers still out and great views of the sisters. Nice breeze and lots of shade spots.

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11 months ago

Gradual uphill with amazing look outs to the ocean. Pretty easy up and down.

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Wed Aug 29 2018

This was a decent hike. It was mainly foggy, so we didn’t get a chance to see the “nice” scenery. We started at 8am though, so you may want to wait until the fog lifts to actually enjoy it. The incline was fairly decent. We hiked next to a tower too, so we were able to access the Wi-Fi on our phones. Pretty chill hike!

Sun Jun 24 2018

We had to climb the fence to get to the trail so we were a little hesitant at first, but the hike is a dirt road & easy to follow. It's a gradual incline with nice views of San Luis Obispo & even Morro Bay. Went in June & the smell of the wildflowers was very nice! The terrain starts off as dry grass & oak trees but at about 2 miles it changes to pine trees & more of a mountain terrain. It was a nice surprise.

Mon Mar 26 2018

A bit hard to find trail head....after a few jaunts passing back and forth along 101, figured it out. Previous reviews mentioning the gate were helpful, to ensure we were on right trail. Initially, I was skeptical, as freeway was right below and a car was driving in the "trail"(were we on a "road"?)....after the first mile, we enjoyed the trail much more--beautiful views indeed! Wildflowers will be great and in full bloom, I imagine , within a couple of weeks. I'd like to go back and do further mileage from trails branching out from mt Lowe.

Sun Apr 16 2017

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

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Wed Mar 08 2017

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Sun Dec 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.

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Tue Aug 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

Sun Apr 17 2016

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

Fri Jan 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!"

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Sun Sep 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
Thu Aug 14 2014

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

Sat 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.

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