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      Get ready for a serious dose of "pain and pleasure." Cerro Alto features primo singletrack running through Los Padres N.F. This 1,600 foot climb is a serious beast, but it will reward you with an absolutely ripping singletrack descent. Upper trails are looser and rockier than the lower trails, which are mostly smooth and high speed going down. Watch for hikers and always use a bell when descending, the reason we have so many good trails around here is because we put forth an honest effort to have the friendliest possible interactions with hikers and other trail users that we can. A lot of older, wealthy people hike out here regularly, so just be a little extra aware of the issue. Due to the somewhat remote location, and the terrible climb associated with these trails, they don't get ridden very much, and because of that they are some of the least eroded trails in the county. Truly a hidden gem.

      BEST AFTER RAIN! These trails soak up the water, unless it is consistently raining heavily for 24+ hours, these trails will be pretty mud-free, the rocks get really slippery though. After a rain your best bet is to ride either here, Ontario Ridge, or Montana de Oro.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Land Status: National Forest
      Parking-Cerro Alto Campground google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Cerro Alto Campground
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Dec 26, 2019

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      8
      Trails Mountain Bike
      9
      Trails Hike
      9
      Trails Trail Running
      9
      Total Distance
      7 miles
      Total Descent
      2,826 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,721 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,617 ft
      Reports
      20
      Photos
      30
      Ridden Counter
      516

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      Yesterday
      • 0 rides
      Past Week
      • 0 rides

      Photos of Cerro Alto Mountain Bike

      trail: Canyon Trail
      33 |
      Sep 13, 2020 @ 8:21pm
      Sep 13, 2020
      trail: Canyon Trail
      31 |
      Sep 13, 2020 @ 8:20pm
      Sep 13, 2020
      trail: Canyon Trail
      43 |
      Sep 13, 2020 @ 8:20pm
      Sep 13, 2020
      trail: TV Tower Road
      50 |
      Oct 3, 2019 @ 9:52pm
      Oct 3, 2019
      121 |
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 1:18pm
      Jan 19, 2018
      204 |
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 1:17pm
      Jan 19, 2018
      148 |
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 1:16pm
      Jan 19, 2018
      126 |
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 1:16pm
      Jan 19, 2018

      Videos of Cerro Alto Mountain Bike

      6:45 | 53 | Sep 15, 2020
      Rocky fun
      3:35 | 84 | Sep 14, 2020
      Having to coast
      3:14 | 49 | Sep 13, 2020
      Towed by an e-bike
      1:05 | 11 | Sep 13, 2020
      Horn Canyon side by side
      1:21 | 219 | Apr 15, 2013
      Horn Canyon Trail
      1:42 | 209 | Apr 15, 2013
      Janky Sketchy Fun Mountain Biking Cerro Alto...
      8:51 | 6 | Oct 9, 2021 , morro bay
      Janky Sketchy Fun Mountain Biking Cerro Alto...
      trail: AT&T Trail
      8:51 | 14 | Oct 9, 2021 , morro bay

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2797945chrisbeckett2011wishlisttrailBridge Trail
      Nov 6, 2021 @ 9:40am
      Nov 6, 2021
      user #2797945chrisbeckett2011riddentrailBridge Trail
      Nov 6, 2021 @ 9:40am
      Nov 6, 2021
      user #2096615SaargeaddvideoExploring Mountain Bike Trails on Cerro Alto, California Central Coast Shred!!!! and 3 more
      Oct 9, 2021 @ 2:57pm
      Oct 9, 2021
      user #2096615SaargeaddvideoExploring Mountain Bike Trails on Cerro Alto, California Central Coast Shred!!!!
      Oct 3, 2021 @ 2:05pm
      Oct 3, 2021
      user #2773022ScruffydogwishlisttrailCerro Alto Summit Trail
      Jul 11, 2021 @ 8:50am
      Jul 11, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1405722WebsterminatortrailBoy Scout TrailIt's fun, but usually hike a couple times....
      Sep 12, 2018 @ 2:07pm
      Sep 12, 2018
      user #1405722WebsterminatortrailCerro Alto Summit TrailLoose and steep. It's awesome if you want to...
      Sep 12, 2018 @ 2:03pm
      Sep 12, 2018
      user #932123aguynamedjoetrailBoy Scout TrailAs a climb, boy this is a toughie. It is...
      May 16, 2018 @ 7:58am
      May 16, 2018

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Three Bridges Oak Preserve 43.7 km
      El Chorro Regional Park 45.4 km
      Heilmann Regional Park 36.7 km
      Stadium Park 3 26.8 km
      Morro Bay State Park 6 156.9 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike87 miles2,825 ft4 miles1,719 ft
      #4,138#1,84530211229
      Hike97 miles2,825 ft4 miles1,719 ft
      #3,460#1,6982140
      Trail Running97 miles2,825 ft4 miles1,719 ft
      #3,471#1,69721
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