Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail

MODERATE 163 reviews

Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

3.9 miles
1,036 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


wild flowers




no shade

Lemon grove loop trail is 2.20 mile trail located near San Luis Obispo, California. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

1 month ago

Mostly doing flat land trails in Austin this is fantastic change. Beautiful views all the way up, if no marine layer obviously. I've seen folks from 6 to 86 on this trail. As a side note, I lost my wallet on the trail. After realizing later, we went back and found it by a billboard fully intact. Folks here are top notch. As a plus, multiple breweries within 2 miles once you're done. Enjoy!

1 month ago

Such a fun trail! Great views at the top, and lots of fun things to play on. I had to keep an eye out for mountain bikers, but they were very respectful in sharing the trails. Its not too strenuous, but still enough to feel like you got a workout. I really enjoyed this loop.

1 month ago

Good hike not hard the elevation gain is spread out over two miles. It was overcast the day I hiked so I didn’t have much of a view from the top.

2 months ago

Great afternoon hike! Most is on a clearly defined, wide trail, although there are smaller paths if you want. It is worth hiking to the very top (there is a pole to define it). Great overview of SLO!

4 months ago

Wonderful and peaceful hike.

4 months ago

This is my go to hike in SLO. I love it. Beautiful view from the top and good workout.

6 months ago

One of our family’s favorite hikes! Our seven year old makes it to the top by herself almost every time but our five year old needs assistance. The trail is wide enough for a BOB stroller (speaking from experience). Also a great trail to take your dog just don’t forget their leash. The views are amazing and worth the work. There is a stage at the top which a wonderful place to have a picnic before you head back down.

trail running
6 months ago

Great morning run for some climbs. I recommend running counterclockwise so you can climb the technicals and descend a wider path. Also against the flow of mountain bikers so you can see or hear them coming on their sweet downhill run.

7 months ago

Great hike

7 months ago

I go here at least once a week, if you use the fire trail it’s about two miles to the top from the parking near the highway entrance .

9 months ago

Good hike with nice views and challenging at times.

11 months ago

Always a favorite

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Love this trail great views.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Decent hike!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Really nice views. rocky in places. Split in trails not always well marked.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Good sister hike to Bishops Peak, a bit less difficult to manage.

Friday, April 07, 2017

This trail gives you a wonderful workout. Really working your legs as the trail is uphill and rocky.

The views even halfway up the trail are beautiful.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

very nice.. a little hard but not horrible.... recc teens and adults only though

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great hike , awesome views

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Awesome hike.beautiful. Some what difficult. Great place to take picnic on the summit.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

There are a couple different options on this particular trail. We missed taking the main trail all the way to the top. But will definitely come back to do that part! We did end up taking the trail to the "M", which wasn't too far in, nor too steep in my opinion. Because it's been raining the trail was a little muddy in some areas. However, because of the rain, the views overlooking the mountains and city of San Luis Obispo where amazingly lush! We also had the joy of coming across two small waterfalls, one on the way to the "M" and another on the way to the Lemon Grove trail. There is also a side trail towards the bottom, that goes a little off the main trail, where we came across a little cactus ravine with a small stream running through it. So many things to see and take in. It was a nice adventure.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Good hike to stretch your legs out, especially since getting there from 101 and hopping back on can be done in a quick second. Beautiful views of Morro Bay and Pismo as you get to the top! First half gets the heart pumping, but it's nothing strenuous. Lots of small rocks on the path and prickly pear off the path on the way up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

amazing view..fun easy hike

Friday, July 22, 2016

Like hiking this trail often great views at the top

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Long and rocky in places but good view

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Looked like a pretty hike but it's not actually dog friendly so we went to Cerro Alto instead.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We took the whole family, this is a great hike for all!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Good trail. Took the loop thru old lemon trees. Trail is narrow with grooves from bikes.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Not too hard of a hike, pretty mellow over all! Beautiful creek, shady trails, and a beautiful view at the top!!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

A good workout

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