Madonna Mountain Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length4.3 miElevation gain1,023 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildlife
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Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

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Sun _Walker B
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First visit here. Arrange at 12:30 lot was full. Got last parking spot, but people are constantly coming and going. Only a few. Mins wait if the lot is full. Many trails branch off the main loo here., found a fun swing and of course the painted "M". Great place for families and kids of all ages.

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Megan Billinger
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A good workout going up with a break/flat area midway. Great 360 degree view from the top. Lots of ruts from water runoff.

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really nice hike make sure you follow your map because there's alot of trail to it

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Jennifer Crum
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Great hike, lots of options. Great views. Perfect amount of uphill and down. Good amount of shade and sun. Definitely use the app for directions. Tons of crossing paths.

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Andrew Ocallaghan
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Amber Clavijo
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Great early morning hike... a little confusing since there are so many side trails... this apps interactive map was VERY useful

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lucas scarpellino
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charles owens
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Martin Murphy
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Jim Farmer
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Bueno

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Amy Schwuchow
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Took the lemon trail route & was scenic.

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Candice Gerber
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Nice long loop. Use the app to help navigate. There are lots of other connection trails.

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Martin Murphy
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Julie Elkin
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Fun little loop

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Sissy Villanueva
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Juanita Gutierrez
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Joel Neal
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gloria cruz
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Jordan Stokes
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Hiking

Fun trail with a good blend of slopes, shade, sunlight and views :)

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Korina Houghtaling
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I accidentally went the wrong way. You can't really tell until later on in the hike. I was confused when I got to the big gate because there is what looks like a trail to the left with a no trespassing sign and the gate straight ahead. I waited and saw people just go through the gate. you should definitely follow the all trails map because there are a ton of offshooting trails. once i got to the lemon grove I realized I had gone the wrong way but there was another path back that was .3 miles shorter than expected. Overall nice hike. Tons of birds, not too many people despite the full parking lot. There are even some swings on the trail!

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Danielle Ferraro
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Nice little loop around “Madonna Mountain” on Ceres San Luis trail. Note there is a sign at the trailhead indicating the direction to take the loop during COVID-19

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Katrin Steinert
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Nathan M
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This is a nice, easy loop around Cerro San Luis. The M trail portion is especially nice with its series of little bridge platforms that form part of the switchbacks. Did this early to avoid too many people, and was rewarded with a nice foggy atmosphere. I like that this trail avoids the fire road, which isn't that scenic, and takes the Lemon Grove Loop trail where there isn't as many mountain bikers, though there were some. There are a lot of oak trees on some sections, and is exposed on others. Overall a peaceful and good hike. There were a couple nice swings along the trail. On IG @picbynathan

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See Yang
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Great and easygoing short hike

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Kelly Carpenter
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This wasn’t a bad hike. A little steep and rocky for the first 1/4 mile or so. Mostly flat til the 2nd mile. Today there was a fallen oak tree on the back side of the mountain. Had to climb over the branches. Trail wasn’t labeled at several forks so I took a slightly different path the last mile or so.

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Karen Hallberg
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STEVE & ROBIN MACDONALD
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Great scenery. Easy hike.

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Samson Blackwell
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More variety than I was expecting. Enjoyed it!

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Jessica Ray
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Not my favorite local hike, don’t love the rocks

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Natalie Bryce
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good trail, very easy to drift off to another trail.

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