Bishop Peak Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews

Bishop Peak Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles 1249 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Bishop Peak, at 1559 feet, is the highest of the Nine Sisters (or Morros) in San Luis Obispo County. The peak is the centerpiece of the Bishop Peak Nature Reserve, and can be accessed from trailheads on either Patricia Drive or Highland Drive. From the trailhead on Patricia Drive, the trail starts as a wide dirt path climbing west uphill to a fenced gate, where you enter the Ferrini Open Space. At a curve in the road, turn left onto a narrow trail just after a short stretch of pavement. Staying on the paved road will lead uphill to a water tank, and the Felsman Loop Trail, which later re-intersects our route. Switchbacking through open oak woodland, the trail emerges into an open area near a seasonal cattle pond. Follow the main trail uphill to another cattle gate, where the signed Bishop Peak Trail branches left. The trail then goes through a shaded forest, passing a popular rock climbing area before emerging into open chaparral on the south side of Bishop Peak. A series of switchbacks lead up to the saddle between the west and east summits of the peak. At the saddle, a bench marks the end of the maintained trail. The east (and slightly lower) summit can be reached from here by a short scramble over sandstone boulders. On top, there are outstanding views of the entire San Luis Obispo area, including nearby Cerro San Luis Obispo to the east.

19 days ago

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19 days ago

Awesome hike! Bring lots of water. It took about 3 hours. Lots of free street parking. There's no bathrooms. Great views from different angles :))

27 days ago

Awesome hike with best views from Top!!
Have a look at my video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzWY77w7RMo

1 month ago

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1 month ago

start early, parking at either trailhead gets crowded. the hike up was a nice challenge, the boulders made it fun! we climbed more boulders at the peak and got an awesome 360 of SLO. beautiful clear morning! great hike for visitors (like us) to see the entire city and surroundings.

Challenging awesome views well worth it.

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1 month ago

i like thats its all rocky feels more like a hike then just a dirt road.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Good hike. For someone who is visiting from Colorado, this was a good trail to the top. Nice views and a fun trail. Lots of people and some were running the trail also.

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3 months ago

Not to hard saw lots of young walkers without water. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen no shade until you reach the top.

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3 months ago

My two kids and I had a great time. The hike wasn't too hard, we were up at the top in less than an hour. Views were great! Beautiful, will do it again next time we visit!

4 months ago

4 months ago

A great hike with some challenges at the top but still allows everyone to get there. The views are spectacular. Friendly fellow hikers going up and coming down. Well worth the effort.

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