Dairy Creek and El Chorro Loop Trail

EASY 25 reviews
#1 of 2 trails in

Dairy Creek and El Chorro Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

2.6 miles
567 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


It is typically free to enter the park. However, on weekends and holidays between April and September, there is a $3 day use fee.

1 month ago

Ok- gotta say....people weren’t kidding. Views are awesome, but humans and dog both COVERED in ticks.

3 months ago

Went this weekend, all 3 dogs were covered in Ticks when we left. Sign warned of Ticks, but didn’t think I would encounter this many!! Be prepared if you take your dogs.

4 months ago

Great hike for beginners like my family. 3.5 year old son enjoyed it though I wouldn’t let him scavenge and fill the bucket he brought due to so much poison oak right up close to the trail. Nice stream and picnic table at the trailhead by the dog park. Dog friendly, not heavily trafficked. Cool and windy with shade available most of it (March). Little hills with lots of switchbacks. Great for starters and close to town (SLO).

7 months ago

Great hike for all levels. Well maintained trails, first through forest, then brush with nice views to and from the top. Not too steep or strenuous going up and easy coming down. Took two small dogs up with us who shared that there was great sniffing of wildlife up there!

9 months ago

Quick hike with some nice views.

11 months ago

Used to go here from time to time when I was going to Cuesta College. The hike up to eagle rock is fairly challenging but nothing too difficult. Great views from up there. Otherwise it's a pretty flat trail if you stay in the paved road. Is sandwiched in between the Dairy Creek Golf Course and California National Guard Training Grounds. Careful of poison oak as it's everywhere out there. Beautiful and peaceful place to go clear the mind.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great hike right after all the rains! A couple downed trees over trail but totally doable.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Great to get out after 2 weekends of rain!
Loved it! Great views from Eagle Rock!

Friday, October 26, 2012

The hike is very easy, strolling on a decomposing roadway. There are interesting oak trees along the road side and in the fields. At the top of the hill, there is a locked gate, which restricts access to the second half of the hike. The land has been sold to a school, and they have classes on the land. Approximately two tens of a mile from the gate where you enter the roadway, there is the trailhead to eagle rock trail. Eagle rock trail is moderate trail, approximately seven tens of a mile long, and gains in elevation almost 340 feet. The view from the top of the trail, eagle rock, is well worth the hike. You look over Camp San Luis Obispo and Questa College. We hiked it early in the morning when the fog was shrouding the mountains above us which gave a very interesting look to the country side. When we reached eagle rock, the sun broke through giving us a wonderful view looking South to North. The hike because of its elevation gain, take about an hour to complete. The area is now owned and overseen by San Luis Obispo County, and they take very good care of the area. At the bottom of the hike, the county has a large park with outdoor play equipment for the kids, spots fields for the adults and an interesting art museum and botanical gardens.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

An interesting trail but there are some problems. When I went, the last portion of the loop was gated and signed "Not Open To The Public". Still, it's an abandoned roadway, with old bridges. Turkeys, deer and other wildlife to see are plentiful

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Great trail and a lot of fun. You get many terrains. Forest to grasslands to mountaintop back to forest down to a pleasant deserted country road. The path was well maintained but narrow. Views were wonderful. Bathrooms near the trailhead....but this app check-in does not work at the trailhead. There are warnings to be alert for mountain lions, rattlesnakes, ticks and roaming cattle. I saw none of those.

trail running
1 month ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

recorded Dairy Creek variation

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, September 01, 2012