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West Cuesta trails access from Hwy 101.


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2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Doubletrack

2,406' 733 m

High

1,514' 462 m

Low

932' 284 m

Up

41' 12 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Access to TV Tower Road is provided by a small parking lot on the West side of Cuesta Pass on Hwy 101. The road is not anything to write home about, but a useful access route nonetheless. It was paved way too long ago - easily half potholes.

The climb to the top of Shooters is steady at 7-9% and completely doable if not much fun. Above Shooters, the road continues upwards at an increasingly steep angle until a welcome short downhill at mile 1.7, before becoming even steeper as it approaches the prominent TV antennae. A final flat traverse brings finishes at the Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area, and the top of Botanical trail.

Not mapped: TV Tower Road continues all the way out to Cerro Alto near Hwy 41, for a total of ~10 miles from Hwy 101.

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Peter Aumann

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  2.8 from 5 votes

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Southwest view towards SLO and adjoining area to north.
Jul 5, 2017 near Santa M…, CA
Top of Bottanicals, West Cuesta Ridge
Sep 8, 2013 near Santa M…, CA
Watch for rattlesnakes!
May 21, 2024 near Santa M…, CA
The unassuming beginning of Botanical before baby head city!
May 21, 2024 near Santa M…, CA

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Sep 12, 2020
Morty Rudegar
Jan 20, 2019
Karin Austin
Mar 9, 2018
Lawrence Ancheta
Jan 13, 2018
Travis Lamb
Cool trail. Tough uphill. 5.6mi
Dec 13, 2016
Micah Stiegler
Paved Access Road... what do you want me to say? Brought us from the parking to trailhead...
Oct 16, 2010
Chris Greiner
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