hiking
16 days ago

Pretty fun hike, has some architectural structures towards the middle if you go left, don’t be afraid to go towards the houses and opens up a bunch of trails after going thru a couple gates, if you go up the steep hill you’ll find the swing everyone’s talking about. On a clear day the views are awesome! Parking in lot H4 on weekends is free and doesn’t require a parking permit! Enjoy!

Pretty awesome hike, many trails to go to off the main fire road! Can’t wait to try all of them and has some good inclines! Fun times at the top of the grade!

breath taking views and the year round perfect san luis obispo weather earned this hike 5 stars. the architecture grave yard, horses, and swing at the very top made this a fun and rewarding hike

trail running
3 months ago

The Poly run-hike was fun and challenging for a Florida flat lander. The map lead me straight there with little no issue. Excellent training run...

Love this one we usually do from Cero Alto to Ridge but have also biked the full 17

Some of the best views in the county can be seen from up there. Not the easiest place to access, but if you can drive up to the peak, it's worth it the dirt road you can take for miles if you wanna drive and explore further. Lots and lots of mountain bikers up there. Probably more so than any other spot I've seen. Definitely worth checking out. Very quiet and peaceful. Just beware of poison oak as it's everywhere up there. Highly recommend it.

Make sure to turn off in the Brake Check area on the 101 as you approach, or you will miss the trailhead. Loved the botanical reserve.

Hard to find. Look for the yellow gate. Weather was great.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Very steep the last 100 yards to the swing.

Beautiful botanical forest

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

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.

hiking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

hard to find the trail. Have to park on Truckee road, and then walk down the hill to village drive to find poly canyon. It was a hot day and there is almost zero shade. Bring lots of water. Tons of cool structures to see that amazed the kids. Took a cooler path back to the car that went through the trees right next to the creek. Not very scenic, but the buildings created by poly students made it interesting and worth while

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Deffinatly recomended for thoes just getting into hiking and for a great family hike. Dogs are allowed while on leash but watch out for the poison oak on sides of trails. There is also a lot of tall weeds so if you have your dog check for ticks.
The path is a bit hard to find and parking is a bit confusing but we finally figured it out.
To get to the Architecture Grave Yard follow the main road all the way to the end and enter through the rock entry. Don't get side tracked by the other foot paths although they are fun and worth it but do not loop around to the main trail.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Great trail with gorgeous views. Wish it was marked better, we weren't sure where to turn off to finish the trail. Did 9 miles, enjoyed it all.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Trails are not clearly marked so it can be difficult to find

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Great family time. Easy, level surface access road. Didn't realize the "trailhead" is smack dab inside the Cal Poly campus. Parking was just south of the entrance. Campus police officer stopped by the parking lot and was very nice. The structures provided tons of fun and photo ops for the kids. Would definitely do this hike again. Thx

hiking
Sunday, October 27, 2013

This is a wonderful trail for students and their parents alike. The architectural graveyard at the end is educational and fun. We managed to see a tarantula and quite a number of goats along the trail. It's an easy track for hikers, joggers, bikers, and horseback riders. It only rises 300 feet to the top of the exhibit.

hiking
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I hiked poly canyon to the architectural grave yard and it was pretty cool at the end of the hike there are a bunch of cool structures to climb on and take pictures of

hiking
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This is an easy trail that is incredibly beautiful in the Spring (late Feb - April) when the wildflowers are in bloom. One of the great features of this trail are the remnants of 1970s Architecture and Engineering projects left by past Cal Poly classes. Some amazing structures of imagination!

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