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    Allison Phelps reviewed Colonel Bob Trail

    2 months ago

    First things first, this is a 17 mile in and out hike, not 13. Multiple gps devices confirm this to be true. There is a shorter trail called Pete’s Creek Trail that will get you to the summit in half the time & effort. You do not need a pass for this hike.

    This is a steep trail. I would classify it as hard, not moderate. It starts in a lush rainforest thicket with copious amounts of shade, moss and the occasional massive tree. The trail increasingly becomes rough around the edges. This means: fallen trees, rocky & loose gravel and occasionally overgrown with berry bushes, ferns & other plants. You descend to a dry creek bed and then scale the side of a mountain only to descend the other side into into a lovely meadow full of wildflowers.

    After the meadow you begin your ascent to the summit. This is steep, often rocky and includes a stream with some campsites.

    The summit is stellar. 360 view that includes Quinault Lake, Mt. Rainier, & Mt. Olympus.

    The descent is a bit hard on the knees & feet.

    Allison Phelps completed Colonel Bob Trail

    2 months ago

    Allison Phelps reviewed Point Lobos Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Absolutely lovely hike. There are a lot of trails at Point Lobos. We spent about 6 hours on two separate days exploring them. We enjoyed the northern bluff trail the most, but they are all beautiful.

    Just a heads up, it costs 10.00 to get into the park and it closes in the early evening.

    Allison Phelps completed Point Lobos Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Allison Phelps saved Tunnel Trail

    3 months ago

    Allison Phelps saved Jesusita Trail

    3 months ago

    Allison Phelps reviewed Point Buchon Trail

    4 months ago

    I have run & walked this trail. One of the most beautiful trails in the county. I was really struck by the rocky coastline and the wild flowers. The trail is not as well maintained as the Bluff Trail, but that is part of its charm. On the first leg there is beach access. There are is a large cave to check out and beautiful rock formations at low tide.

    The land is owned by PG&E. You have to sign-in at the trailhead and sign-out when you leave. In the spring/summer it is open 8-5:00 pm Thursday-Monday. You have to be back at the trailhead by 4:45 pm and they stop allowing people in at 4:00 pm.

    Allison Phelps completed Point Buchon Trail

    4 months ago

    Allison Phelps reviewed Hazard Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    This is an awesome trail with amazing views at the summit. The scenery is diverse and the elevation gain is not too painful if you pace yourself. It is fairly gradual. Just a ways before the summit, the trail opens up to an impressive valley with a cliff on the right hand side. There are a lot of mountain bikers who use this trail. If you are hiking or running, be aware. Most have bells, but not all.

    Allison Phelps completed Hazard Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Allison Phelps saved Hoh River Trail

    4 months ago

    Allison Phelps reviewed West Cuesta Ridge Road to Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area

    5 months ago

    This trail has amazing views of the “9 sisters” or volcanic plugs of San Luis Obispo County and other coastal areas. On a clear day you can see the Five Cities area down south. The parking lot is at the top of the Cuesta Grade and can be easy to miss. When coming from Atascadero, it is on the right just after you reach the top of “the grade” (turn into the brake check area). We always park at the bottom and hike from there, but many people drive further up the road, which results in some light traffic. There is a system of other trails connected to the main trail/road that I have not tried yet, but that look intriguing.

    Allison Phelps saved Mount Lowe Trail

    5 months ago

    Allison Phelps saved Santa Rita Road

    5 months ago

    Allison Phelps reviewed Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

    5 months ago

    This is likely an interesting and pleasant walk for some, but the trail was so sandy that it was just a pain to run. The trail was also a bit confusing.

    Allison Phelps reviewed Johnson Ranch Loop Trail

    5 months ago

    This trail is entertaining and a good challenge. There is an occasional cow that wanders onto the trail. It is very well used, but also well-maintained. In order to keep it well-maintained, it is occasionally closed for a few days after rain. Keep that in mind before you come and check it’s status online. Bells provided for mountain bikers at the entrance. It has several loops to either shorten or lengthen your trip.

    Allison Phelps reviewed Cloisters Wetland to Morro Rock

    5 months ago

    I run this path on a regular basis. I start in the parking lot just further north than the playground, which has a bathroom and beach access, and take it behind MB High School and to Morro Rock. It is accessible to all ages and mobility levels. There is a playground and bathroom a little ways down the path. Lots of cute brush bunnies running around and some signs explaining local plant life.

    Allison Phelps reviewed Elfin Forest Natural Area Trail

    5 months ago

    Scenic raised boardwalk trail with a nice view of the grasslands/estuary. There are several entrances embedded in a neighborhood in Los Osos.

    Allison Phelps reviewed Bluff Trail

    5 months ago

    Montaña de Oro is one of my favorite places in SLO County (and thus far on the planet). The Bluff trail is one of many in the vicinity. It has a parking lot on both ends. It is wide, well-used and gorgeous. There is a network of smaller trails that allow you to come closer to the cliffs. When the tide is out, there is a wooden staircase that takes you down to a small beach a little ways down the trail. I recommended going to nearby Spooner’s Cove and to the Spooner’s old ranch home. It is now a museum. It has a small store, some photos of when the land was still used as a ranch and is a recreation of what it may have looked like when the family still lived there.

    Allison Phelps completed Bluff Trail

    5 months ago

    Allison Phelps saved Bluff Trail

    5 months ago