Bishop Peak Trail from Highland Drive

MODERATE 318 reviews

Bishop Peak Trail from Highland Drive is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1043 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Bishop Peak, at 1559 feet, is the highest of the Nine Sisters (or Morros) in San Luis Obispo County. The peak is the centerpiece of the Bishop Peak Nature Reserve, and can be accessed from trailheads on either Patricia Drive or Highland Drive. From the trailhead on Patricia Drive, the trail starts as a wide dirt path climbing west uphill to a fenced gate, where you enter the Ferrini Open Space. At a curve in the road, turn left onto a narrow trail just after a short stretch of pavement. Staying on the paved road will lead uphill to a water tank, and the Felsman Loop Trail, which later re-intersects our route. Switchbacking through open oak woodland, the trail emerges into an open area near a seasonal cattle pond. Follow the main trail uphill to another cattle gate, where the signed Bishop Peak Trail branches left. The trail then goes through a shaded forest, passing a popular rock climbing area before emerging into open chaparral on the south side of Bishop Peak. A series of switchbacks lead up to the saddle between the west and east summits of the peak. At the saddle, a bench marks the end of the maintained trail. The east (and slightly lower) summit can be reached from here by a short scramble over sandstone boulders. On top, there are outstanding views of the entire San Luis Obispo area, including nearby Cerro San Luis Obispo to the east.

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8 days ago

Not an easy trail, but definitely not hard, and you get some amazing beautiful views of the city.

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23 days ago

Old favorite!

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1 month ago

It was really foggy today, so couldn't see anything. It was still a great hike, and I would totally do it again.

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3 months ago

What an amazing hike. Probably the most physically challenging one I've taken ever in SLO County. Not as steep as Cerro Alto but feels longer and is arguably higher. The rock formations alone are worth seeing and the views from them are even more amazing. Truly a special and unique place and I would recommend it to anyone, although you have to be in decent shape to make it all the way up and wear good hiking shoes or boots and bring water.

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3 months ago

Loved the trail and view. Took my dog and 2.5yo. Do early to avoid the heat if you have young ones and pets.~