Poly Canyon Loop Trail

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Peterson Ranch

Poly Canyon Loop Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,062 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

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views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Note: Peterson Ranch may occasionally close due to construction work.

hiking
closed
27 days ago

Closed for construction

Completed entire loop. AT lost its mind. Garmin got it at 6.30. Still over grown with grass in some parts but very manageable. Watch for ticks and snakes. Oh and take your Claritin!

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Amazing trail. About 2 miles in it’s very over grown, can tell it just hasn’t been through in a while. Amazing views, lots of art, very long. Will be back to spend a whole day scoping it out.

hiking
bugs
closed
1 month ago

Beautiful mile along the creek behind Poly Cyn Village Dorms. My 7 yr old was able to bike to the beginning of the Arch. students projects and played in the creek before the mini bridge. Can't wait to go further next time!

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

2 months ago

super easy, super busy.do it at least once to say you did.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

A little overgrown with very narrow trails at times, but otherwise a very good view and an excellent hike.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Love this easy trail. Great for kids because they can explore the architecture graveyard (experimental projects by Cal Poly students). Easy walking along a road and creek. Coordinate your hike with Cal Poly schedule as parking would be difficult and have a fee on weekdays. More challenging hike if you continue on to Serenity Swing.

hiking
10 months ago

I would recommend this trail for people who have dogs beautiful trail I recommend it

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

Pretty cool. Saw a tarantula crossing a path, was my first time seeing a wild tarantula in California

hiking
no shade
Tue Apr 09 2019

it was longer and more uphill than expected, but we walked up to serenity swing and it was an amazingly beautiful view. very windy at the top. the trail is very dog friendly which is wonderful!

Sun Apr 07 2019

Really pretty this time of year, green rolling hills. The architecture tour is to the left, with a sign showing a map of the pieces. If u r looking for the swing, go to the right toward the old white buildings. Will add pix of both.

hiking
muddy
Fri Mar 29 2019

hiking
Sun Jan 20 2019

Super cool trail, different than any other trail I’ve done before. Pretty easy and fun.

hiking
Mon Dec 03 2018

Fun hike if you want to spend time exploring the structures and great for amateur photographers.

hiking
Sun Nov 18 2018

Don’t be afraid to go towards the houses. You’ll take a pretty steep hike up to the swings that overlook SLO. Beautiful views. Fun hike.

hiking
Sun Oct 14 2018

Very cool trail! views are amazing. fairly easy

hiking
Sat Feb 03 2018

Pretty fun hike, has some architectural structures towards the middle if you go left, don’t be afraid to go towards the houses and opens up a bunch of trails after going thru a couple gates, if you go up the steep hill you’ll find the swing everyone’s talking about. On a clear day the views are awesome! Parking in lot H4 on weekends is free and doesn’t require a parking permit! Enjoy!

hiking
Sat Dec 30 2017

breath taking views and the year round perfect san luis obispo weather earned this hike 5 stars. the architecture grave yard, horses, and swing at the very top made this a fun and rewarding hike

running
Wed Nov 08 2017

The Poly run-hike was fun and challenging for a Florida flat lander. The map lead me straight there with little no issue. Excellent training run...

hiking
Mon Mar 13 2017

Hard to find. Look for the yellow gate. Weather was great.

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