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.

Length8.0 miElevation gain1,125 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Adam Brandhorst
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Hike #3

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Kristyn Leyendecker
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HikingGreat!

Fantastic! Amazing views. Wide range of vistas , wildlife, and flora. Well worth it. You have to climb over a fence to begin hike, kind of odd. The whole thing is up a gravel access road, but still a nice trek.

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Robert Huerta
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Anna Wozniewicz
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Christopher Petro
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Rich Jordan
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Edward Davidson
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Madeline Pifer
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Hiking

Nice trail and good views at the top. More of a road so not too challenging. The Google directions are totally accurate, parking is right on the 101

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Evelyn Barajas
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beautiful

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Daniel Heyde
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Stephen Shaw
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WalkingGreat!

This dirt road must have had many uses over the years. It is an access road for various antennas high up on ridge, power lines, probably old fire road, etc. Lopez Canyon Trailhead is directly behind second antenna station. Try it in various seasons. Great in early AM and for sunsets. Look out for mountain bikers coming fast back down. Views and flora are best starting 30 minutes up at national forest boundary. About 1:20 brisk walk to second antenna station ("top").

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Hannah Phares
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Nice hike. Not very shady, so recommend going early or when temps drop a little more. Not many people on the trail, mostly bikers. We were able to let our dogs off the leash, which is our favorite kind of hike - All other dogs we saw were also off leash, too. Trail is just a dirt road that leads up to some communication towers. Personally, I thought the best view was at the Los Padres NF sign- in hind sight, we could have turned around then. Overall, decent hike.

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Stacey Barber
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love it!

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David Lienemann
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It was a moderate hike. Some sections were washed out making it difficult to get to camp.

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Robert Schoof
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HikingGreat!

Car got broken into at trailhead. Be careful

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Luke Clement
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As of October 9th 2020 all hiking trails in Santa Lucia ranger district are open.

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Tim Irving
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Hiking

On a clear day this hike provides some of the best vista of SLO and central coast south.

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Aldo Hernandez
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felt more like a long walk rather than a hike, but great views!! SLO County never fails to impress

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Adam Mourad
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good hike

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Ella Williams
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Hiking

Really nice hike/walk! Very wide truck route and not so steep - took us about 2.5 hours to do 8 miles. Go early in the morning before it gets too hot because there isn’t much shade.

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Kelly Carpenter
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Did the hike yesterday afternoon. Started around 3:15. Was a long mellow hike uphill on a wide dirt service road. The runoff troughs in the road every few hundred yards were a tad annoying. It was foggy and windy towards the top. Almost got lost at fork in the road near the top (phone died) but I guessed the right way and found the microwave tower on top ok. Stayed about 5 minutes. Couldn’t see the view and it was raining. I picked the wrong day to do this hike. I’d do it again.

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Joe Erickson
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The trail is basically a gravel road all the way to the top. It’s a long walk with a consistent incline. The views would be amazing on a clear day, but it was very cloudy and misty today. Even with the poor weather this hike was very interesting due to the beauty of the varied trees and plants along the trail. Pine trees with pine cones as big as pineapples, pacific madrona trees with their unique bark, California sycamore trees and many other interesting plants and shrubs.

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

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Jocelyn Ou
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HikingNo shade
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Jesse Heck
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Hiking

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.

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Bubba Shivley
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Foggy

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Allison Phelps
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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.

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Vargas Jose
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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.

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Stacey Barber
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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.

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Laurie McQuay
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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.

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