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Islay Hill Trail

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Islay Hill Trail is a 1.5 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.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 482 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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

hiking
25 days ago

Of the SLO peaks, this one is least trafficked and easiest. It’s a little overgrown and there isn’t any shade. Nice views of SLO and Edna Valley from the top.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Easy trail if you want something that’s quick and about an hour long at a decent pace! Love the view from up top

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Good little lung buster if you push hard. Nice views from all sides. Needs some maintenance as most of the plants and bushes are growing into the trail, but nothing too major. No shade, so good to do this one when temps aren’t too high.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

3 months ago

great hill for an exhausting run. you can do it!

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bugs
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

short and sweet

hiking
5 months ago

Fun fast hike. If you have an hour this one is excellent. Resent work done on the train track side to fix the trail. Nice & solid. Love this challenge & have even seen ppl running & back down. One women does it in 15 minutes as a daily workout. Beautiful right now with all the rain.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

My 8 year old daughter and I went on this trail. It was breathtaking! It was a little tiring as we stopped a couple times to snack and drink water. There are some narrow and steep inclines but overall it was awesome!

hiking
Sunday, September 16, 2018

I wanted to give this hike a 5 star review however it was a little gravely for me & steep. BUT I loved it! Loved doing it so I ended up giving it 5 stars !!!! Anything is SLO is great as far as walking hiking goes. It was gravely & the trail does need some TLC but it was still a blast & hey. I need new shoes!!! Live Long & Hike On!!! Fellow programs

hiking
Friday, September 07, 2018

Islay Hill trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast. This hike of Islay Hill is well worth doing, great all year long, maybe not so much in rainy season. This video was shot in the summer so very little of both ticks and Poison oak as hazards if you don't get too close to the sides or go off trail. Lots of wildlife if you look for it, mostly squirrels and rabbits so hawks can always be present. A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Easy trail!! Nice view

hiking
Thursday, January 18, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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 :)

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Super short. Good for kids.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

running
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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.

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