Felsman Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Nice hike with great view. Counterclockwise loop breaks up the elevation gain.
Great Hike . Very enjoyable .
Easy hike. Great views of SLO. Beautiful and breezy.
I had a wonderful time hiking Felsman Loop trail today. This 3 mile loop has a little bit of everything: an incredible view of Bishop Peak, the rolling hills that take you to Morro Bay, oak groves, pastures, and plenty of other nature and shade. I usually park at the end of Highland but Patricia street is a better way to access this trailhead. Once parked I took the trail up to the right that starts out on a gravel road that takes you to a narrow dirt trail around a water tower, but for a sharper incline you can go up the left steep trail, which also gives you the option to add Bishop Peak to your hike. I've done Bishop Peak several times which burns jn edible calories but wanted to try this trail that goes in a loop below the peak. I still burned 500 calories on this trail so I thought it was the perfect trail. Plus it still had a nice incline as a challenge and stunning views of SLO and Bishop Peak. If you want to switch up your hike or combine Felsman and Bishop Peak together for a 3-5 mile hike this would be a very challenging and satisfying hike. I plan to do just that in the future.
Stellar views, not too strenuous, great nature hike, and never crowded. Nice way to see the rolling hills going out to Morro Bay. One can always hike up Bishop's for more of a challenge.
Great trail with moderate incline and great views of SLO. As you go up toward Bishop Peak you will encounter the beginning of the loop. Stick to the left and you will start on the Bishop side (this is the way for climbers as well). Going this way, you will hit most of the elevation gain at the beginning of the trek. Go to the right and you will encounter a paved road leading up to a water tower. After passing this, you will traverse the mountainside back and forth with shorter elevation gains over a longer stretch.
I though sticking on the left was more my speed but to each there own.
Great views, great local climbing spot. No water in the creeks (at least not in early September).
I frequent this trail weekly. I think that for its ease of accessibility, decent vertical climb, and ample views, this trail offers the most bang-for-the-buck among the "city trails". The Felsman Loop itself see's much less traffic than the peak trail, yet the peak trail can still be easily accessed for some added miles if you wish.
An absolutely beautiful trail!! There was one section that looked like it had had a washout or slide. The trail did not look stable here. Other than that...since it loops around the base of Bishops Peak, it has the same feel without the elevation. You have a mix of canyon, pastures and live oak groves, so there is periodic shade to rest under. And the views are stunning. This doesn't seem to be a well known trail in SLO, that's a shame. Go do this one!