Photos From Stenner Creek & Valencia Peak Hikes
RAMs on the Active Hike list will receive a reminder the week before. PLEASE LET BOB KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO TAKE THIS HIKE: 1-805-748-0573 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
FEBRUARY ACTIVE HIKES
To Get There – Hwy 101 north to Atascadero. Exit on Morro Rd/Hwy 41. Head north on Hwy 41 to Capistrano Ave, the first left after El Camino Real. Left on Capistrano, follow it to the right at the stop sign before the Lewis St. Bridge, then right on Hospital Dr. to the parking. We’ll meet there.
Friday, February 19, 8:30 am West Cuesta Ridge Rd (3.0 – 6.0 mi, +825 ft elev gain, 3 – 3.5 hr) In his hiking guide, Day Hikes around San Luis Obispo, Robert Stone says, “The W. Cuesta Ridge Rd (also called the TV Tower Rd) begins …. where Hwy 101 crosses over the Santa Lucia Range. The paved road winds up the terraced slopes of the mountain along the ridge to the west of the highway, emerging to one of the prime vistas in the county. This hike follows the road to the 1,334 acre Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area … . The botanical garden has green-colored serpentine bedrock and large groves of Sargent cypress, Manzanita and pines. … one of the only places in the world where Sargent cypress grow. Throughout the hike are fantastic views of SLO, MB, the Santa Lucia Wilderness, the Atascadero Hills, Chorro and LO Valleys and the chain of morros.” (abbreviations, mine)
At 0.5 mi, views open up. At 1.0 mi we pass a junction with Shooters Rd. The TV Tower driveway is 2.5 mi and the Botanical Area is 3.0 mi from the start. Some – or all – of us may turn back before the Botanical Area.
To Get There – Take Hwy 101 north towards Atascadero. Just before the summit of Cuesta Grade there is a left turn pocket to the parking area. This is 4.7 mi from Monterey St in SLO. Turn left and park in the wide area (at the top of Stagecoach Rd).