Islay Hill Trail

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Islay Hill Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, California. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
488 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running

The easternmost hill in the Central Coast chain known as The Nine Sisters. A narrow dirt path switchbacks across the north side of the hill. At the top are great views of San Luis Obispo and The Edna Valley. Also at the top, a 10ft climbing pole for extra views

30 days ago

Great hike. Good mix of flat terrain and inclines. Watch for ticks! I walked by a bush and felt one grab on to my hand and later had to pull two off of my dog.

3 months ago

Nice trail. Be careful when coming back down the trail, as some areas can be slippery. Dakota, our Australian Cattle Dog, was amused and confused with the cow at the end of the trail :)

5 months ago

Beautiful panoramic views, trail is well maintained but narrow and steep. There are sometimes cows on the trail as well. The surprise at the top is also really fun, but the biting flies are not.

6 months ago

It was a good short little hike, took about two hours with dilly dalling included. There are three different enterances to the one shown, but I uploaded the picture that shows all three trails. It was a beautiful view of a different side of slo

7 months ago

So perfect for a short hike in town if you only have an hour or so.

8 months ago

Super short. Good for kids.

8 months ago

This is a great 1.8 mile quick trail. I do it on my lunch when I need to get out of the office and burn calories. Great scenery, with a steady uphill and narrow path. You'll see a cow when you've reached the top.

8 months ago

Short, easy trail that is Well maintained. Nice views from the top

9 months ago

Nice local option. there is an oak tree 1/3 mile up the trail with a rope swing the kids love.

trail running
10 months ago

Beautiful views, but careful of the ball-bearing scree (decomposed granite on hardpan) on your way down!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Good hike and great view.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Great little hike! We went early in the morning and it was a quick 30 minute or less hike! You can climb up the pole at the top to get a better view or everything. I love the little notebook at the top where people can write name, date, where they are from, etc! Perfect for trail running!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Good quick exercise hike, go early to beat breeze. Worth the time

Monday, January 11, 2016

Nothing to look at until you reach the summit. Kind of boring.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nice little hill to climb with a rewarding view of Edna Valley. This is a great short hike if you're pressed for time. I often come right after work on weekdays and catch the sunset from the top.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Great trail for a fairly quick workout (less than 1 hour total). It gets your legs, lungs, & heart going; not to mention your eyes when you reach the top. Fantastic 360° views of San Luis Obispo and the Edna Valley.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Short, steep and boring.

Friday, June 15, 2012

A hill in a suburban area, odd to park at a cul-de-sac to get to the trail head. The first half of the trail winds through grassy fields along the North base. The second half is narrow and runs along the very edge of the mountain. Careful if you're afraid of heights. Some overgrown sage bushes hang into the path. There's a nice circle with a log to sit on at the top along with the climbing pole. Great views 360 degrees. A lot of fun!

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