Location: Morro Bay State Park, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Miles: 3 miles
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Users: Hikers, mountain bikes, and horses permitted. No dogs. No wheelchair access.
Cerro Cabrillo is a volcanic landmark located in a group of 9 sisters in the area. Some of the others in the area include Hollister Peak and Morro Rock. Cerro Cabrillo is named for Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish maritime explorer who sailed off the coast in the year 1542.
The outcrop of rocks is made mostly out of rhyodacite. This is a volcanic plug that was formed when the magma underneath welled up to create a layer of softer rock that has since solidified. This overlying rock has eroded, leaving a very distinct shape.
The peaks and slopes of Cerro Cabrillo are quite popular with rock climbers and hikers. There are trailheads located throughout Morro Bay State Park. The slopes support coastal sage scrub flowers including Soap plant, Deer Weed, as well as Chaparral checkerbloom. There are plenty of spots where you can simply sit and soak in the wonderful views.
This area is a popular spot among climbers, bikers, and of course, hikers.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Be careful!
The climb can be steep and very rocky when you reach the top but pretty rewarding because of the amazing view. So wear proper gear such as hiking or rock climbing shoes.
2) Always come prepared
We may not want accidents to happen but if something bad happens make sure you’re always prepared. You never know when you need a first aid emergency kit!
3) Enjoy the view
When you get to the summit, pick a spot where you can enjoy the view for a while. Make sure you pack some snacks while you’re at it.