Looking for a great trail near Arroyo Grande, California? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Montana De Oro State Park or Morro Bay State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Routzhan Park or Rancho Grande Park. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Arroyo Grande ranging from 3.7 to 17.9 miles and from 554 to 3,166 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
3 days ago

fun hike, flies still out, water in few cool swim jump spots, ropes get you access to some hard to reach spots...not very many people out the water was cold but still jumped in. no water at the end of trail and lots poison oak out there..water in 10 of the water crossings...be careful of residents on the road not friendly at all..no cell reception

hiking
rocky
27 days ago

Beautiful views! Moderately challenging! Great workout, it was beautiful and sunny out. Wear sunscreen!

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
28 days ago

Went on this hike today. As others have previously stated, little to no shade and trails are overgrown and not easily distinguishable.

Fantastic, but strenuous hike. Hi Mountain Rd at top can be hot, but the rest is mostly covered. We did the loop in clockwise direction this time and like it better that way. The uphill is longer and not as steep. We missed a turn that was a sharp right and had a downed tree across the trail. We had to backtrack. Some of the trail is overgrown. Consider taking some clippers to help keep the trail open. Also, bring bug spray and consider taking poison oak pills.

beautiful sunny day

backpacking
no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Hi Mountain is a very difficult trail. It has no shade, no water, and is very over grown. Many parts the trail is difficult to even see and you need to guess the route based on the trail you can see on the opposite side of the small saddle. Only redeeming aspect is that it has good elevation, providing great views in all directions. Unfortunately it just reminds you of all the other places you would rather be than on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a hike that will make memories to last a lifetime. Took my dad for Father’s Day 2019. Water was brisk, but swimmable. Approx 15 creek crossings in your vehicle - high clearance recommended. 4WD not necessary. Go early as parking area gets crowded and it’s pretty small. Hike is easy to the falls with a couple of creek crossings. Upper swimming hole is easy to see how to access, lower one is trickier and is not easily accessed by dogs or people unable to do minor scaling of rocks. To get to lower swimming hole, switch to east side of the creek at the second crossing, but stay close to the creek. A trail will take you to a rocky slope that you have to scramble/rock climb across (ropes not necessary). There are a few cliff jumping ledges into the lower pool- be careful as it can be dangerous and we know people who have been seriously injured. It was pristine when we visited, but have heard bummer stories of people leaving trash and cans/bottles... please pack it out if you go.

bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Didn’t make it all the way this time, lost sight of the trail and turned around

hiking
3 months ago

The road out to the trailhead has a lot of flooded areas (around 10-12) that require AWD higher suspension vehicle depending on water level. This is by no means a hard hike. It took me and my partner about 3 hours to complete at a very relaxed pace.

$10 to enter the park. The lake is gorgeous. Lots of deer, campers, kids and pets. There’s a water park and zip line/ adventure park that you hike by. Some shade in parts, but also quite a bit of sun.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Nice trail! short and easy with slight inclines. just beware of the poison oak and bugs! got a nice sized bite right on the back of my head!

Super relaxing and fun all I recommend is being prepared to deal with a lot of poison oak wear long pants but I would totally recommend this hike to anyone

backpacking
5 months ago

Very overgrown with poison oak and "hitchhiker plants" crowding the trail. There was plenty of water in the creek when we went. Lots of snakes, but none of the snakes we saw were dangerous. Many creek crossings but they were all easy crossings. There is a fallen tree across the trail at one of the creek crossings.

trail was over grown....stickers... constant fly bombardment...poison oak. horrible conditions. The top was beautiful but couldn't enjoy it because of insects. don't wear shorts...use hiking boots....insect repellent and don't miss mid trail turn up the peak. ugh

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of poison oak. Be careful! Confusing trail with the off shoots, but there is no getting lost. Beautiful all around. In some places you can hear the traffic.

hiking
bugs
over grown
6 months ago

Hiked it with my daughter from the Rinconada side. One of the hardest hikes I've ever done. Pretty close to 11 miles with lots of elevation changes. Started at 10am, got to the falls about 1:30pm, hung out about 2hrs, back to the car at 7pm. Amazing views and solitude, never saw another soul until we got to the falls. Most people go the easy way from upper Lopez Rd. but we were looking for a challenge. And we found it. Super fun adventure that allows you to see California in its purest form. We'll do it again as soon as the soreness wears off. Massive amounts of poison oak and a good number of ticks and snakes as well. Enjoy

hiking
6 months ago

great day hike! bring swim gear

hiking
6 months ago

This is an awesome hike! Best waterfall around! I was worried about getting through the 14 creek crossings but we made it easy without a 4x4. I have a Toyota Tacoma and it made it with no problem! Now our shoes did get wet when crossing the cross beds during the hike. My kids did the hike 3 years ago when they were 5 years old and 8 years old but I think little ones would have a harder time. I enjoyed the hike this year as well! There were lots of salamanders and some steep areas but a moderate hike for sure!

hiking
6 months ago

Really nice trail. Lots of off shoots, beware of Poison Oak.

one of our best adventures yet! watch out for ticks and poison oak...need 4×4 to cross creek in various spots during spring!

hiking
7 months ago

Did this trail with a group of friends! It was a nice easy walk, with flowers and some pretty views. We we’re a little confused as to which way to go to start the loop but we figured it out and didn’t get lost. I would do this again.

You have to go to Lopez Lake Recreation Area to access this trail now. It's $10 for a day pass. The trail is awesome though and has great views at the top. I made this into an 8 mile run. Highly Recommend!

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