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Cerro Alto Campground Los Padres National Forest California

Cerro Alto Overview

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Cerro Alto campground has 22 single-family campsites and is located in the Los Padres National Forest at an elevation of 1,000 feet.  The campground is located at the base of Cerro Alto Peak, which is a popular destination for hikers, bikers and equestrians.

Fifteen sites can be reserved and the rest are first-come first-serve. Twelve of the campsites area ADA (handicapped accessible). Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and small RVs. Sites 1-7 are tent-only / walk-to. Campsites 10-14 have stairs to walk up to the camping/table area. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate. Several also have a pedestal grill.  Campground amenities include drinking water and vault toilets. Check-in is 3:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm.  Most campsites can accommodate two vehicles and up to 8 people.

Cerro Alto – Area Recreation

The trail to Cerro Alto Peak (2,624 feet), one of the highest points in San Luis  County, is the main attraction.  From the peak, you have encompassing vies of the Central California Coast and Inland Valley. Other actives in the area include picnicking and wildlife viewing. Morro Bay is also a short drive away where you can fish, surf, kayak sail, scuba dive and beach comb!

You may also be interested in Morro Bay State Park down by the coast or Santa Margarita Lake Recreation Area.

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  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Creek
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Cerro Alto Road
Morro Bay, California 93442
Lat / Long:

35.4275, -120.7383333

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3 Comments on “Cerro Alto”

  1. Laura Kelley says:

    We were torn on this campground. The good – close to Morro Bay and great beaches, it is a pretty location and there are some nice hiking trails right out of the campgrounds. The not so good – so many ticks and poison oak, and there is only one road in and out of the campgrounds so all traffic goes right in front of your campsite. There seemed to be a lot of traffic, some day hikers, some campers and a lot of Looky Lou’s. We were in site 8, which sits nicely back from the road. The campgrounds were very clean and the restrooms were serviced daily. We think for some this would be an ideal place to stay, for us we like a little more privacy.

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