The climb to the Cerro Alto Summit is two miles of steep terrain that offers one of the finest views on the central coast.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Cerro Alto Summit

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Popular with both mountain bikers and hikers, the trail to the summit of Cerro Alto is a stiff climb that offers a big reward at the top a 360-degree view of the Morro Bay Estuary, Morro Rock, and a good chunk of San Luis Obispo County. The 5.8-mile round-trip has a 1,900-foot elevation gain with some memorably steep sections. Spring is the best time to hit the trail, when the wildflowers bloom.
  • The trailhead is located at Cerro Alto Campground, which has 22 secluded sites tucked into an oak and sycamore forest. No reservations are needed; sites are first come, first served.

Los Padres National Forest
Morro Bay, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 805-925-9538
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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