Poly Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Poly Canyon Loop Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

7.1 miles
1164 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


18 days ago

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

trail running
2 months ago

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...

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Very steep the last 100 yards to the swing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

hard to find the trail. Have to park on Truckee road, and then walk down the hill to village drive to find poly canyon. It was a hot day and there is almost zero shade. Bring lots of water. Tons of cool structures to see that amazed the kids. Took a cooler path back to the car that went through the trees right next to the creek. Not very scenic, but the buildings created by poly students made it interesting and worth while

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Deffinatly recomended for thoes just getting into hiking and for a great family hike. Dogs are allowed while on leash but watch out for the poison oak on sides of trails. There is also a lot of tall weeds so if you have your dog check for ticks.
The path is a bit hard to find and parking is a bit confusing but we finally figured it out.
To get to the Architecture Grave Yard follow the main road all the way to the end and enter through the rock entry. Don't get side tracked by the other foot paths although they are fun and worth it but do not loop around to the main trail.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Trails are not clearly marked so it can be difficult to find

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Great family time. Easy, level surface access road. Didn't realize the "trailhead" is smack dab inside the Cal Poly campus. Parking was just south of the entrance. Campus police officer stopped by the parking lot and was very nice. The structures provided tons of fun and photo ops for the kids. Would definitely do this hike again. Thx

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This is a wonderful trail for students and their parents alike. The architectural graveyard at the end is educational and fun. We managed to see a tarantula and quite a number of goats along the trail. It's an easy track for hikers, joggers, bikers, and horseback riders. It only rises 300 feet to the top of the exhibit.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I hiked poly canyon to the architectural grave yard and it was pretty cool at the end of the hike there are a bunch of cool structures to climb on and take pictures of

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This is an easy trail that is incredibly beautiful in the Spring (late Feb - April) when the wildflowers are in bloom. One of the great features of this trail are the remnants of 1970s Architecture and Engineering projects left by past Cal Poly classes. Some amazing structures of imagination!

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