Apr 9, 2013 9:35 PM by Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News

Taking the road less traveled: Hi Mountain Road

Most of us like to take the most direct route from point A to point B. That can also mean missing out on some adventures, and there are a lot of alternative routes to be explored around the Central Coast.

There's one of those that goes from Pozo to Arroyo Grande, and it's more proof, there's "No Place Like Home".

From the sleepy little community of Pozo, there is a road less traveled, and there's kind of a reason for that. As the name implies, Hi Mountain road takes you up and over one of the mountain ranges that separates Northern San Luis Obispo Country from South.

In the 15 mile journey, there's a lot of ground to cover. As the crow flies, it's a short cut, but you don't want to be in a hurry when you take this drive. It's a dirt road that takes you over the rivers and through the woods that encompass this mountain pass, and there's a lot of scenery to take in along the way.

The terrain is wooded and rugged in some parts, open and airy in others. There are spots to soak up sunshine and sit a spell with a snack or picnic lunch if inclined.

The road is rarely this smooth, so you need to have a car with ground clearance and I'd prefer 4-wheel drive just to play it safe.

With the bumps, ruts and river crossings involved, it can sometimes be a rocky road, but there's a new view around every corner. This is a journey for those looking for a little adventure on their commute and amazing beauty along the way if you just slow down long enough to take it all in.

In the spring, Mother Nature brings a little kaleidescope of color to the journey.

Whether you are feeling the need for an escape to Sherwood Forest, or reminder of the wide open spaces that still exist around here, you'll get a little of both on Hi Mountain Road. Sometimes the bumpy roads are the most rewarding.



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