The Cuesta/Sespe Trail

The Cuesta/Sespe Trail (8.9megs)
The Trail starts near the Cuesta Grade just north of San Luis Obispo and winds its way south to the end of the Sespe River outside of Fillmore at highway 126. All within the southern section of the Los Padres National Forest.

If you wanted to traverse from San Luis Obispo to the Santa Clara River Valley near Los Angles, how would you do it on horseback or foot without going on highways or streets?

The Los Padres National Forest provides a corridor of public land that spans the entire distance. There is a system of dirt roads, existing trails and multiple access points that allow anyone to ride, run, or hike the entire 165 miles without going on any paved roads. About 75% is accessible to mountain bikes.

The Trail starts near the Cuesta Grade just north of San Luis Obispo and winds its way south to the end of the Sespe River outside of Fillmore at highway 126. All within the southern section of the Los Padres National Forest.

The C/S trail has been promoted for over 15 years and groups involved have donated land and over $200,000 toward its function. The trails have always been there, it is a connection of existing roads and trails that have been available for over 50 years. Looked at as a corridor, it has become a trail equal to many in the State.

The Trail's principal sponsor is the San Luis Obispo Parks Open Space and Trails organization, SLOPOST. Volunteers from that organization along with the Pacific Coast Longriders have worked hard to keep the trails and access areas open. And the southern sections are now joining with groups out of Ojai and Santa Barbara as well.

A number of individuals and groups have made the entire trip in 11 days, but there are always obstacles as nature takes her toll.

For information about group events, trail conditions and access points contact the following:

Steve Shaw
831-685-3436
sshaw@pacbell.net