Description

You haven’t seen the Central Coast until you’ve seen it atop Cerro Alto Peak. The best way to get to this 2,624-foot summit? From Cerro Alto Campground, 1,600 feet below. Set in an impossibly green canyon, with a semiannual creek running through it, this shady campground lies just 10 minutes from Morro Bay, where visitors can surf, sail, fish, scuba dive, or simply sunbathe. All campsites feature a fire ring and picnic table; vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
22 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

Ride along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast, the central Monterey coast, or anywhere you want in this huge forest. The recomme...Read more

Fishing

You can fish in the rivers and streams located throughout the forest, and fish in the ocean on the Monterey coast at Sand Dolla...Read more

Hiking

Up by Big Sur, the Ventana wilderness is a popular hiking destination, with 260 miles of hiking trails, making it a unique exp...Read more

Horseback riding

The Saint Lucia Mountains have been taken by horseback many a’ times, and the time you visit should be no exception. To truly f...Read more

Paddling

Lake Cachuma in the Santa Barbara region offers some of the best kayak fishing, especially with its location admist the mountai...Read more

Swimming

You can’t go wrong at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, but it’s no match for the Seven Falls in Santa Barbara. This hike might not be...Read more

Wildlife watching

Whether you are an avid birdwatcher (California Condor...check), or just enjoy seeing what the wilderness has to offer, Los Pad...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Cerro Alto Campground.

Beach
Cave
Forest
Hot spring
Lake
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Hipcamper K.E.
K.E. W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 27th, 2015

For a small campground you get fairly private sites, miles of hiking trails/Cuesta grade fire roads and a convient drive to the Morro Bay. This campground is located in a canyon and the road hugs a steep drop off into a creek. It's a tight fit for cars and espeically campers & horse trailers. Parts of the road can't support two small cars, so be careful and take the road slow! Great for day hikers.

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 16th, 2015

Beautiful private sites! My husband and I stayed at site 16. It was elevated above the road with no closeby campsites. The campground is heavily trafficked by day users so it can still feel crowded. Lots of flies and unclean vault toilets, lots of poison oak.

Hipcamper Guadalupe J
Guadalupe J B.
recommends this listing.
February 8th, 2017

Amazing hike, small campsite which is quiet and nice, some sites are next to main road (can seem like you are putting on a show when people drive by and stare at you). restrooms are clean(ish) but its a hole...

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew J.
recommends this listing.
November 27th, 2017

Great for tent camping, pretty limited for trailers. Trailers must be small.

Hipcamper Jordi
Jordi M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 27th, 2018

Site 18 is my personal favorite. Very Large and spacious. We were able to fit 4 large tents and still had plenty of room. Short walk to the restrooms.

View of Site 18 (Largest Site) We fit 4 large tents no problem with plenty of space to spare Start of Cerro Alto TrailCerro Alto CampgroundTop of Cerro Alto Trail
Hipcamper Sean M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 25th, 2019
Hipcamper Rudy P.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2018
Hipcamper Juan R.
doesn't recommend this listing.
May 31st, 2018
Hipcamper Erin H.
recommends this listing.
October 30th, 2017
Hipcamper Rich S.
recommends this listing.
April 1st, 2017
Park
Los Padres National Forest
State
California
Country
United States
Phone Number
(805) 968-6640
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
35.428° N, 120.738° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 4 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent Only: 8 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 10 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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