West Cuesta Ridge Road to Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area

MODERATE 36 reviews
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West Cuesta Ridge Road to Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area is a 17.4 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
17.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,028 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 months ago

This trail has amazing views of the “9 sisters” or volcanic plugs of San Luis Obispo County and other coastal areas. On a clear day you can see the Five Cities area down south. The parking lot is at the top of the Cuesta Grade and can be easy to miss. When coming from Atascadero, it is on the right just after you reach the top of “the grade” (turn into the brake check area). We always park at the bottom and hike from there, but many people drive further up the road, which results in some light traffic. There is a system of other trails connected to the main trail/road that I have not tried yet, but that look intriguing.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty awesome hike, many trails to go to off the main fire road! Can’t wait to try all of them and has some good inclines! Fun times at the top of the grade!

11 months ago

Love this one we usually do from Cero Alto to Ridge but have also biked the full 17

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Some of the best views in the county can be seen from up there. Not the easiest place to access, but if you can drive up to the peak, it's worth it the dirt road you can take for miles if you wanna drive and explore further. Lots and lots of mountain bikers up there. Probably more so than any other spot I've seen. Definitely worth checking out. Very quiet and peaceful. Just beware of poison oak as it's everywhere up there. Highly recommend it.

trail running
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Make sure to turn off in the Brake Check area on the 101 as you approach, or you will miss the trailhead. Loved the botanical reserve.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Beautiful botanical forest

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Great trail with gorgeous views. Wish it was marked better, we weren't sure where to turn off to finish the trail. Did 9 miles, enjoyed it all.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

mountain biking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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trail running
Saturday, November 12, 2016

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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