Explore the most popular trail running trails near Morro Bay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The trail is clean and well maintained. The view was worth the work. Trekking poles are strongly recommended for slick downhill portions.

16 days ago

Walked about 1/4 mile and came to a gate with a “No Trespassing” sign on it. Either this is an old trail and someone has bought the property, or I missed something. As an added bonus we were covered in ticks for or minimal time on the trail. I would not recommend wasting your time.

1 month ago

Just hiked this trail. Great trail.. The last 1.7 miles is pretty steep climb. Go slow if out shape and you’ll make it to the top of the summit. Slow will take about 2 hours if you do long trail. Coming down very slippery. Bring poles if inexperienced hiker.

It's a nice peaceful walk around the park and preserve. Take a stroll down to the beachfront if you like. Just know you're walking through sand dunes sand so it's a little challenging, but not really

Best trail in SLO county. Or at least it’s MY favorite hike. Bottom half has lots of shade. Top half is quite a bit more exposed. The views throughout the hike are marvelous and they get better the higher you go.

I love this trail. Not too crowded ever, cool breeze most of the time- incredible views, good, moderately challenging (for someone out of shape) trail.

1 month ago

Great view from the top if there is no marine layer! Moderate seems about right. I’m pretty out of shape and it was hard, but my nephew flew up it pretty easy. Can get cold and windy at the top, so might want to have a sweatshirt handy.

First part easy, second part flat, third part about as steep as you can get! Going up is easy, coming down is slippery. Be careful! It was foggy for us, so the gnats were bad!

on Windy Cove

2 months ago

We parked at the north end and headed toward Bayside Cafe for lunch. It was overcast and a bit chilly, but a nice view.

2 months ago

We hiked this trail yesterday and the wild flowers were in full bloom! It was gorgeous! The view from on top of the peak was definitely worth the climb. This trail would be pretty hot during the summer months, there is a lot of the trail that is in full sun exposure. The trail it’s self was very well maintained. There are bathrooms (non-flushing) at the parking lot at the trail head. I recommend starting the hike on the left trail head not the one to the right with the bridge. It’s longer but a less steep climb to the top. Lots of poison oak in this area so make sure your are comfortable recognizing it! Day use was $10, and the overnight fee was $25.

2 months ago

Such a rewarding hike! Amazing view!

2 months ago

It’s a great walk if coming from Carillo but the No Tresspassing gate makes one go left on a trail that is a boulder scramble. Is the gate valid? It’s closed but not locked.

We did The Cerro Alto loop yesterday taking the long way up and the short path down. It is a great hike. This trek is not very technical and the trail is really good. I would rate this and Easy/Moderate. It is easy in that, there is nothing difficult to climb through. It’s moderate simply due to the amount of climb. So, go do it. If you are struggling on the climb, take your time. That’s all. You will really love it. The trip down is slippery though. With so much activity the path is broken down a bit to smaller sized pebbles etc. So if you can use some poles, that would help. Bring a lunch and enjoy the top. Really fun hike.

Great hike for one day... moderately steep uphill, with plenty vista points to view Morro Bay from the top

Great wildflowers. Steep at times. Better than sneakers is preferable. Poles would be good idea unless you are very fit or light on your feet. Outstanding views from top but very nice views throughout the hike.

(Now I have to hike down...)

I run this path on a regular basis. I start in the parking lot just further north than the playground, which has a bathroom and beach access, and take it behind MB High School and to Morro Rock. It is accessible to all ages and mobility levels. There is a playground and bathroom a little ways down the path. Lots of cute brush bunnies running around and some signs explaining local plant life.

This trail offers a spectacular view once you reach the summit. It also is a fantastic workout and an amazing alternative to stair steppers and elliptical machines!

I love this trail!

I took the longer trail to the summit and the shorter one back to the campground. Both are worth seeing, but I preferred the longer route. Both trails are found inside the campground. The longer is further in than the short trail. There is a $10.00 fee that you can pay before the campground right as you turn off of hwy 41 or in the dirt lot at the back of the campground next to the trailhead.

It is a fairly steep trail, especially the last 1.2 miles to the top. Be sure to have shoes with decent tread on the way down. The loose gravel and incline combine to make it a bit slippery. This last leg is also very sunny. Bring sunscreen or a hat.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

We parked at the 41 entrance and ran up the boyscout trail which is quite steep. Went through the tower road where it connected to the out and back of the Cerro Alto Loop. Amazing views of Los Osos, Morro Bay and all the peaks. Diablo, Black Hills, etc....Highly recommended!

Awesome views of ocean and Morro rock


Great trail. Bathrooms at the trail head were discussing. Come prepared.

Great cardio workout without the need to run. Terrific views. Good option for preparing or conditioning for a backpacking trip.
Only negative is that the trailhead is in a day use fee area so it will cost $10 to hike the 4 mile loop

8 months ago

Tough climb but worth the view.

beautiful! wonderful hike!

Love this trail for its amazing views and rigorous climb.

9 months ago

Great hike! Strava said 5.5 miles for the way we went but overall views are awesome and hike is do able! Some pretty steep parts but overall fun!

Great trail along beautifully vegetated hillsides, with a world-class 360-degree view at the top. This well-maintained trail is rated "hard", but I think it's actually moderately difficult. I highly recommend this very satisfying hike.

This is the perfect day hike. Easy to get to the trailhead from anywhere in San Luis Obispo county, great area to park, well maintained trails, not too crowded, great vegetation and trees. The way up is a good work out but is doable for someone that is in average shape... and the views are incredible.

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