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Bowden Ranch Trail (High School Hill) [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve

Bowden Ranch Trail (High School Hill) is a 3.4 mile moderately 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 and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 1,279 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

No shade

Private property

Description
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The trailhead is located at the top of Lizzie St between houses (grassy area with No Parking sign). This is the segment that runs from the trailhead 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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Reviews (170)
Photos (186)
Recordings (192)
Completed (271)
Ally Grierson
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble
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Nicole Olson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The view is five stars easily but the steep rocky descent coming back is a death sentence for my knees, so just a four star for me.

Daniel Cowan
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HikingRocky

This was a great trail. I’d say that the beginning starts on the hi side of moderate.

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HikingNo shadePrivate property

Steep and then runs onto private property. Great trail run, if you can gut it out.

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Jaiden Walton
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HikingRocky

Pretty good hike. Really got our families heart pumping for beginner hikers. Intermediate as like hard for basic no experience hikers.

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Robyn Cole
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Hiking

Another favorite trail of mine for a quick morning workout

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Garrett Philbin
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HikingMuddyNo shade

Always a great hike. Still a bit muddy from the rains this week, but not very slippery. Wear good shoes!

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Cole Ross
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HikingRocky

Great hike with some uphill challenge

Vivian Thomas
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Hiking

Very uphill. Saw a rattlesnake on my way up (so cool) and the view was stunning!

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HikingNo shadeScramble

Aggressive uphill for trail running. Long downhill to end it. But at the “T” it it is just running a ridge line. Keep your eyes peeled for snakes. Came across 1. Not sure the type. At the far end it becomes private property.

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Sheila Maguire
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HikingRocky

I went up the trail as described here without recording. Chose a different way down which I recorded. The last section of the downhill is very steep. It was awesome to find a rope there to hold on to!! Overall beautiful challenging fun hike!

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Denis K.
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HikingRocky
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Philip Williams
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Hiking

Amazing views of SLO - best to hike it in the morning during the summer as it’s very exposed. Descent is tough on the knees.

David Ramirez
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Hiking

rattle snakes out now 8/12/19

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Kelly Thurow
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Hiking

Steep incline over the mile to the top. Amazing views!

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Adriana Garcia
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Julia Ritchie
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Hiking

Hot with very little shade. Good quick workout with a great view at the top

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Petra Rampre
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Hiking

Trail is up’hilly from the “getgo” ,the higher you go the rockier ,i even heard the sound of rattle snake “tail” in the bushes up top:) good pic taking .

Tina Risley
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very steep invigorating hike to the top. super fast elevation gain but the views are the best in town.

Mel Romero
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Hiking

Muddy this evening.

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David Ramirez
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Hiking

made loop from trailhead by 101

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David Ramirez
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HikingRocky

came up by the freeway has rope to climb first part awesome views

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Sheila N.
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Hiking

Great hike!! It’s steep, rocky and mostly in the sun, but a great workout!! The Google map linked from this site didn’t take me to the right spot for the trailhead, rather, the middle of an intersection. Go to Lizzy Street and follow it uphill where it dead ends with a private cul-de-sac. No parking here but plenty of free street parking on the way. Trail head is on the right, kinda hidden, next to a big utility pipe painted red. Enjoy this one for a good butt kicking workout!!

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