Cerro Alto before the storm offers a beautiful view of coast .
Some advice for new hikers on Cerro , The weathers at the summit is often very cold and windy so be prepared . this week I met several new hikers who left their jackets hanging on tree limbs at lower levels because it was warmer wile climbing at lower levels . These hikers were very cold at the summit and expressed regret leaving their jackets below on the trails .
5 and 1/2 inches of rain fell on Cerro Alto today , I hiked both the Canyon Trail and the Bridge trail and found the canyon trail not passable due to flash flooding . More rain expected on 7, 8 , and 9th -- Sat . Sun and Mon.
Note the Scout trail had flash flooding also . The ground is saturated and you can expect flooding so if you hike in the rain , be careful .
Often I share my preference in hiking and backing gear and once again I feel obligated to share this gear .
head lamp made by Ledlenser , I love this lamp as it has a rheostat allowing you to adjust the brightness of the lamp . a few weeks ago I called ledlenser to order a new one as my lamp was suffering severe wear and tear as I use it on trail several times a week and also use it on several back packing adventures a year . In conversation with a customer service agent at Ledlenser I shared mt story of a damaged head lamp and I was told of a warranty of 5 years . I explained I had the lamp for over three years and no receipt of purchase , she directed me to send the unit in for repair , I did so and the company mailed me a new up dated version that had many more practical features than my old one . I not only find this new lamp superior to my old lamp I am also very impressed with their warranty and service !
11-5-16 , Saturday was a fun hike on Cerro Alto , I met a lot of fun hikers , I especially enjoyed seeing a group of four hikers with their dogs . This group did not make it up to the summit but they promised to try again .
Saturday 10-29-16 beautiful weather hike on Cerro Alto . On the canyon trail lots of Lady Bugs and hiking traffic . We encountered a beautiful young couple enjoying the Lady Bugs , we later met this couple enjoying the views at the summit . My dog Sierra poses with the couple for a photo .
Friday , 10-28-16 Hiking Cerro Alto just after a rain , beautiful vivid colors , fresh air , water puddles on the trail , my dog Sierra enjoying drinking from puddles , baby Miners lettuce , clouds opening up with a promise of sunshine , salamanders on wet trails ,life is great .
Rinconada Trail hike this week was a classic Fall season hike , the weather cool , colors beautiful and the clouds were gathering with a promise of rain . My dog sierra loved the cool breeze . Below is a two minute video of my hike , I hope you enjoy .
I met this strong hiker on Cerro Alto yesterday , she enjoyed her summit with her dog , both enjoyed getting acquainted with Sierra ( my Shepard ) . Amanda is this hiker's name and she is new to the north co. of San Luis Obispo . she moved here from Colorado and is a avid hiker , having hiked most of the 14 er .s of Colorado . I suggested some local long hikes per her request and she is looking forward to attempting them . I asked her how she liked cerro Alto and she said this is a good hike and will do it again .