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Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive

moderate(670)
Bishop Peak Natural Area

Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive is a 3.4 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, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,131 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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nature trips

bird watching

running

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views

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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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 days ago

Great trail! Busy & dog-friendly. Bring water & expect sun if hiking during the afternoon.

running
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

Great hike. steep but not hard. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

Highly recommend going before 10 am. As we were leaving, so many groups of people hiking up! Completed the hike in 50 mins, beautiful scenery up top, the perfect views of the town.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

With appropriate hiking shoes and hydration, this hike was more easy than moderate for me. The views are breathtaking!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Very rocky recommend sturdy boots. Pretty crowded on a sunny Sunday.

Great trail be careful at the top cool view. Don’t climb alone

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

It’s really pretty. Not flat (from IL, such a welcome change when out west). Good little trail. Not super long. Optional paths. And a cow family said welcome while I was out there. Literally 15 ft from me.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful views at the top on a clear day. It’s a bit rocky, so wear good shoes. Steady, steep climb. A bit crowded on a beautiful day. Safety info: Had Verizon cell service the entire time. Parking: Street parking in a neighborhood by the trailhead. Bathrooms: No bathrooms at the trailhead.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. If you hate uphill,like me, beware. However, while the hike has LOTS of uphill parts, you can’t beat the views, regardless if you’re trying to catch your breath. Only downside, we went on a Saturday morning and it was VERY crowded. Probably recommend getting there early. Remember to bring water. Again, the views are incredible.what other place can you get 360 panoramic views of a prison, wine county, and the ocean?!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike !

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

First hike in California and it was great! Overall pretty easy. It’s early December but it’s still really warm. I went in the morning and there was beaming sun. Took me 50mins to get up to the peak. If you climb up the rocks you get an even better view! Accidentally went on the loop trail on the way down, but in whole it would’ve taken 1.5hours easy

Great hike. Lots of people. Lots of college kids one nicer then the next. Well done guys! Great views. Remember you need to earn the good views!

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

I’m a beginner/ intermediate and i was curious to see how long / far I would make it. I took it slllooowww (3.5 hrs) but made it to the top!! It’s 2 miles up and 2 miles back- quite a workout!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

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