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West Cuesta Ridge Road to Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area

MODERATE 39 reviews
#35 of 170 trails in

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.

17.4 miles
3,028 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching


wild flowers


Took tv tower rd from Cerro alto to the west Cuesta ridge

14 days ago

The views and the botanical garden area full of cypress trees makes it a worthwhile trek. Yes you do have to share the road with vehicles but most drivers are courteous and will slow when they see you. On warm days pack lots of water and sun protection as much of the trail is exposed and without shade.

2 months ago

Beatiful views and worth the time if you don’t mind competing with the auto traffic. Most were polite, but a couple drove way too fast kicking up dirt in our faces. I’ll skip this hike as I don’t want to compete with car traffic.

11 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.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

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!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

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

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.

1 month ago

off road driving
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