Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail

MODERATE 171 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.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,036 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

hiking
18 days ago

Great loop. Gets a little rocky coming down from the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike did it 1hr 45 min long way up and fire trail down the other side....

2 months ago

highly trafficked, but it is gorgeous from the top. avoid midday as the air is usually thick and hot.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Nice trail. Close to town and easy to stop by for a quick hour hike or longer. Love this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, great work out. The trail head is about 1.0 down a narrow, curvy entrance road, be prepared to pay $10 to park and it is monitored with an onsite manager, worth price to see the view from the top...gorgeous!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Second time hiking this. Didn’t hike to be top this time, just around. North side had quite a bit of muddy/wet areas but doable if you’ve got got shoes on and aren’t afraid of getting a little muddy.

6 months ago

Great view and fun hike! I made a bit of a deviation from going to the top but a helpful couple told me how to get up there so I added abt .6 to the final hike. Beautiful view especially this time of year!

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Went during recent rains.... refreshing trail but needs a break from the rain. Ruts and Rocks just waiting to crank an ankle... if you’re running.... but other than that.... so awesome when all you see is green and water everywhere.... Sweet! Seems like cows or people have provided plenty of options for off-shoots...allowing the ability to elongate these trails without bushwhacking and still remaining on trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike come early morning because it’s gets packed with hikers

hiking
7 months ago

Great view from the top, and we got to walk through a field of cows which I liked

8 months ago

Really Good Workout.

9 months ago

Great hike today. Wide trails

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike, my 13 year old dog was able to reach the tippy top with me. We went clockwise and were bombarded with high noon sun... hike would have been a little easier if it weren’t for the heat (still not too bad, late October). The hike down was mostly shade.

hiking
11 months 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!

hiking
11 months 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.

hiking
11 months 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.

hiking
Friday, August 03, 2018

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!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wonderful and peaceful hike.

Friday, May 18, 2018

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

hiking
Thursday, April 12, 2018

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
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Great hike

hiking
Friday, February 23, 2018

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 .

Monday, January 01, 2018

Good hike with nice views and challenging at times.

hiking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Always a favorite

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Love this trail great views.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Decent hike!

hiking
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.

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