Bishop Peak Trail

MODERATE 205 reviews

Bishop Peak Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, California 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.

3.7 miles 1227 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.

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Awesome quick little intense workout. Great reward at the peak.

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26 days ago

Must do for anyone traveling through SLO. It's just perfect for a quick day climb. I've seen photos of when the fog is lower than the peak and it's insanely beautiful. Hopefully one of these days I can sit atop the peak with the foggy clouds underneath me.

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1 month ago

Terrific hike, amazing view. Very muddy in stretches because of the January rains.

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it was a great hike but lots of rocks and steep hills but extremely fun and satisfying

1 month ago

Simple, short, with magnificent, stunning views at end.

1 month ago

Moderate hike that any hiker could do given a little time - beautiful rock formations at the top and the view is great! Keep in mind there's not much shade coverage.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Pretty steep at some parts but the few is worth it!

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