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on Cerro Alto Trail

8 days ago

love that trail.

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24 days ago

Ok, this moderate rating needs some clarification. The trail starts off moderately, with a pretty rapid increase in altitude. Enough for a really good warm up for an old guy like me. Then it levels out and is really easy. Once you make the turn North from the Quarry Trail to head up to the Cabrillo Peak someone might post a sign, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Admittedly that is hyperbole. The trail starts with a gradual rise, then severe increase in altitude. Today, after the prolific rains of 2017 much of the trail is nothing more than a steep washed out stream bed. Treacherous. This was an ad hoc hike, and I just decided to get out of town yesterday and head for the coast. The decision to take this hike was made this morning. I brought the wrong shoes. Take good traction hikers. The final bit is frank rock climbing. The views, however, are spectacular from the peak. Getting back down was not a cardio challenge, but still a challenge, especially without appropriate footwear. I had to carefully choose foot placements, and use the staff I found in the Sierras a couple of years ago that lives in my trunk. As I am writing this, looking out from my hotel balcony at the Morro Rock, the cold Pacifico is quite rewarding.

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29 days ago

Great hike, however the interpretation of moderate is super easy followed by intensively steep. Great views from the top of Morro rock.

great hike, some dogs were off the leash but besides that very fun

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1 month ago

Nice hike with some absolutely stunning views of Morro Bay at the top

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great trail. Fairly easy & not too steep. Most of the signs say "Quarry trail" but right before you get to the peak it says "Portola". I recommend bug spray (sign warns of ticks) & watching for the poison oak along the trail.

Super easy walk. Nice views of the water.

Really nice hike with a few steep areas. Beautiful view from the top of the hill. I recommend repellent or covering up because there were definitely areas where mosquitoes were trying to make me their meal. Oh & be careful with the poison oak that grows along the trail.