Looking at Morro Bay from Cerro Alto

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

feburary hiking Cerro Alto

Beautiful day on Cerro Alto
Started hike late , 62 degrees , My dog Sierra loves the abundance of water .
I met a dad carrying his back
I finished my hike after sunset via the bridge trail .

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cerro Alto Before storm

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 .

rain Storm Cerro Alto

Wednesday , 1-4-17 rain on Cero Alto

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 .

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Trail work on Cerro Alto

December 26 , 2016 Cerro Alto trail work

Trail fun again , this time I used a battery powered saw and was given some help by a Cal fire  Crew who were training on the mountain .
Thanks Cal Fire


hiking head lamps

Hiking Gear

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 !
This lamp is awesome

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cerro Alto a Dog Friendly trail

Hiking with dogs on Cerro Alto


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 .


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cerro alto hike

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 .

Cerro Alto

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 .

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boy Scout Trail


Boy Scout Trail at Cerro Alto

entering the Boy Scout Trail
below a view of Morro bay from the Scout trail

View of Cerro Alto from the red trail

Rinconada Trail

Rinconada Trail
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 .

Friday, September 23, 2016

New Cerro Alto Hiker

New Cerro Alto Hiker 

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 . 
Amanda , welcome to Cerro Alto