hiking
25 days ago

Nice for an early morning run.

hiking
5 months ago

Centennial Trail is a paved multi-use trail that runs through Centennial Park and adjacent open space on the east side of Paso Robles, California. The trail begins from the end of Lana Street, where a vehicle barrier bars access to the trail. The path is wide and paved the entire way, making it ideal for bicycles.

From the trailhead, the trail descends through an open forest of coast live oak trees along an intermittent stream that usually only has water in it during the wet winter months. You soon reach Centennial Park, which has restrooms, picnic tables, and a popular swimming pool. Just past a wooden bridge, turn left at a junction to stay on the main path.

The trail passes below the facilities of Centennial Park, then briefly rises up to a crossing of Nickerson Drive. A crosswalk is available and traffic is usually light in this area. On the other side of the street, continue down through the open oak forest, eventually reaching the end of the trail at Mohawk Court. The return trip is all uphill, but the gradient is so slight as to hardly be noticeable. This is a pleasant walk any time of year, although in the hot summer months you will want to visit early in the morning before it gets too hot. There is some shade along the route, but for the most part you will be out in the open.

For an extended trip, turn left on Mohawk Court at the end of the trail and walk down to a crossing of busy South River Road. On the opposite side, continue on Navajo Avenue for two blocks to pick up the Salinas River Parkway, which runs along the road at this point.