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.
dogs on leash
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.
Challenging awesome views well worth it.
i like thats its all rocky feels more like a hike then just a dirt road.
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.
Not to hard saw lots of young walkers without water. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen no shade until you reach the top.
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!
I love this trail because once I reach the very top it makes me feel really good
Great hike, highly recommend! Hiked with my 14 year old son, good little workout for both of us. Enjoyed the beautiful panoramic views. Bring water and wear good shoes (I wore my trail runners), parts can be slippery so be very careful and take your time.
Great Hike .. Variety of terrain . Awesome views . Well traveled
If you can make it to the top of the boulder for a solid pic of SLO, then your hike is a success
Such a beautiful trail!