Bowden Ranch a.k.a Highschool Hill

HARD 30 reviews

Bowden Ranch a.k.a Highschool Hill is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
1492 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

Trail head is located at the top of Lizzy St. This is the segment that runs from the TH to the red tower located above SLO High school. Although this trail is relatively short, its rather steep and constant gradient make it somewhat taxing in the climb, and hard on the knees during descent.

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2 months ago

Hard hike but worth the effort once you get to he top.

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8 months ago

Trail Closed :( Heads up if you're trying to go in Jan.

8 months ago

I went on a day after there was a huge rain storm, but nonetheless, despite the mud and muck the view from the top was gorgeous. There is almost a complete 360 view from the end point of this hike and it was completely worth the extra 5lbs of mud stuck to my shoe!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Great workout! It is really steep which makes the views SO rewarding!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

This trail makes for a great workout with a thousand feet of elevation gain in the first mile, or so. Once on the ridge, the walk to the north summit (beacon tower) and/or south summit (stone seating ring) is a piece of cake. From the summit(s), you have great views of the entire area... On a clear day (and most are) you can see Edna Valley, Oceano Dunes, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, much of San Luis Obispo, most of the morros, and part of Cuesta Grade (and the hills on either side). Sunsets can be spectacular up here, but make sure you give yourself time to descend the hill; the trail officially closes at dusk.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015