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Best Trails near San Luis Obispo, California

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on Johnson Ranch Trail B (Lu...
4 days ago

Great right time of year April !! Wish it was longer

on Elfin Forest Natural Area...
6 days ago

walking

This is really more of a stroll than a hike, but the views are amazing. Great views of the bay, the estuary, and Morro Rock. The boardwalk makes this walk quite accessible, we passed someone in a motorized wheelchair, so I'm sure strollers would have no problem. There are only a few parking spots at the trailhead, but there is street parking.

on Bishop Peak Trail
12 days ago

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

on Irish Hills
15 days ago

Just started investigating this hike.
There are plenty of options

on Bishop Peak Trail
15 days ago

hiking

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!

on Johnson Ranch Trail B (Lu...
19 days ago

hiking

Love this open space! Easy access to the trailhead, well maintained, and adequate parking. I've seen it range from extremely busy to completely empty. You'll likely encounter a diverse group of trailers: walkers, hikers, runners, cyclists, and group outings to name a few. May occasionally stumble on snakes, bees, or even grazing cattle. All levels should be able to complete, but if you're fitness level 1 or 2 you may need to take a break at one of the shady spots.

on Stagecoach Road
19 days ago

hiking

We walk this route 3 or 4 times a month. Starting at the top of Cuesta Grade, a steep decent for the first 1/3 or so. The road levels out all the to the 101 freeway. Continue on through the tunnel for a bit more mileage. Now head back up the road. Remember the steep part at the beginning? Well, now you get the work out! Don't hold back! Blast up the last part for a good rush. We do this at night to break up the daytime hikes. Lots of spiders at night along with foxes and bobcats.

on Reservoir Canyon Trail
20 days ago

The first mile follows a creek and is easy. Then it abruptly turns uphill and is moderate to strenuous to the top of the ridge. Excellent for conditioning with outrageous views. Do not hike this trail in wet conditions.

on Mount Lowe Trail
23 days ago

hiking

Good trail, just a wide dirt road. Had to climb the gate to get in. Parking garage right off the highway for about 7 cars. If you go straight on the road instead of taking a left at the fork to Mount Lowe, it leads further into the wilderness area & connects to a whole bunch more hiking trails if you want to add distance onto your hike

on Froom Canyon - Irish Hills Preserve
28 days ago

hiking

Was a good hike, pretty easy for me and my son. Steep at first but totally doable for all ages.

on Elfin Forest Natural Area...
29 days ago

walking

This was a nice little walk to take my three-year old on. It's a very easy walk on a boardwalk, but the plants are interesting to look at, and there is a cool little grove of trees hidden about halfway through, with a bench in the shade. I wouldn't take this hike for exercise, but for a nice walk or if you have kids, it's perfect.

on Ontario Ridge Trail
30 days ago

hiking

A nice challenging hike, especially if you are starting from/ near Avila beach side.
Suggestion:
-wear proper hiking shoes
- start hike early in the morning

There's a nice treat once you arrive at the top!

on Cerro San Luis Trail
1 month ago

Like hiking this trail often great views at the top

on Islay Hill Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great little hike! We went early in the morning and it was a quick 30 minute or less hike! You can climb up the pole at the top to get a better view or everything. I love the little notebook at the top where people can write name, date, where they are from, etc! Perfect for trail running!