Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail

MODERATE 132 reviews

Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately 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.

4.0 miles
836 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers




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

Great hike

2 months ago

Good hike with nice views and challenging at times.

4 months ago

Always a favorite

5 months ago

Love this trail great views.

7 months ago

Decent hike!

8 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Monday, June 08, 2015

Good exercise and I like that's it's short and the trail head is right off the freeway, so it's great if you only have a few hours not the whole day. The 360 degree views from the top were great, and it's fun to see a birds eye view of SLO and how it's laid out. But the trail itself seemed a little boring to me, just dry shrub and up, up, up at a fairly consistent incline; I prefer a little more up and down, and more trees just for some variety.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Great hike and views from the top. Toughest part is at the beginning.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tough enough to get your heart rate up. Easy enough to do with decently in shape children. Be aware of your route as there are finger routes that can take hours to correct after an exploratory wrong turn. But eventually you will get back down. :) good news is there are always people coming and someone will help you if you need it. Wear well treaded hiking shoes because areas of the trail are loose, making it easy to lose your footing. I slipped 3 times.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Love hiking Madonna Mnt! Especially before sunrise & sitting at the top watching the sun rise & being above the clouds! SOOO cool! Love it.

Friday, November 08, 2013

I have lived ion San Luis Obispo since 1943 and as a youth i climbed CERRO SAN LUIS OBISPO many times before it had any real trails and before Alex Madonna bought most of it. I bought a home on the Foothill side of SAN LUIS MOUNTAIN in 1958 and so did a lot of other people in our Parkview Tract Number 1. We and the Madonna's own the mountain. IE they are not alone so please never refer to it as Madonna Mountain. Alex and his family are great people and my connections with Alex when he was alive were always good. But if you want to change the name you could call it Rowan Mountain or Birkett, or Preston, or Clements, or Nadalsky, or Stoefel, or McCarthy or any of the several hundred people who live on the mountainside. Please it is SAN LUIS MOUNTAIN. i enjoy looking at it every day from my second floor solarium. At 83 I doubt I will ever climb it again. Frank H. Rowan

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Did this hike on 6/15/13. Nice hike all I can say is that on the way back do not go on the trail to the left of the hill and if you do you will come across gravel and rock I fell and stumbled many times. Then when we came to the area of the bells for the bike we went left again needless to say it took another 3 miles to get back to the front of the mountain. You want an easy hike go down the hill the same way you went up if you want a workout take the trail to the left from the top! Have fun!!

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The trail head is an easy find. It is right off an entrance/exit ramp for the 101. Parking lot seemed ample. The trail has some marking signs but there were many other crossings that mountain bikers may have created causing confusion on how to follow the trail. I had already hiked up to the big "M" which stands for Mission High School and then I walked up to the top of San Luis Mountain, where the views are spectacular. To the North you can easily see Bishop Peak, another fine hike to be done at some future date. This area is known as Maino Open Space and it is open even though it is near the city. Flowers are plentiful and grasses are tall so be prepared for possible tics. A good walk or hike.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beautiful view. Lots of people on the trail. Great unless you prefer solitude. Lots of families, bikes, and even horses. Dogs OK, but make sure your dog is in shape, it's a steep climb. Saw a mixed breed bull dog that was over heated, could not walk further, and could hardly breath--seriously in jeopardy.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Loved the amazing view. The cloud layer at the top was so impressive.

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