Explore the most popular camping trails near Arroyo Grande with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

3 days ago

Started the trail at the end of the road through the campground. A bit more challenging than moderate but some easy parts too. Didn’t finish the full loop since seeing a deer leg carcass and concerned of coming across a mountain lion or bear and was running alone. Ranger warned the campers that there are bears.

nice trail up and down. well marked.the entire loop will take you through the campgrounds so be prepared for a great view of campers and a water park and an adventure Park with zip lines. the trail itself was mostly uninhabited with nice views of the lake and the Eastern side of the hills with vineyards. my advice: don't take the loop back by the campgrounds go up to high ridge, take in the cool views, and just turn around and head back.

on Trout Creek Trail

5 months ago

Trail was very overgrown with poison oak. Make sure to wear long sleeves and pants. Brought the dogs. Creek was flowing. Only went to the intersection of buckeye trail.

Really fun and challenging trail...my friend and I had never done this trail before today and we didn’t know that it’s inside the Lopez Lake park until our GPS ended at the entrance. The trail is awesome but be prepared to pay a $10 day fee and beware of the ticks!

7 months ago

I should have checked with the forest service and noted in the above description of winter closure, and yes, the road from the south entrance was closed approximately 4 miles from the trailhead.

This is my "go to" trail whenever I want a nice workout close to home where my dogs can tag along. The views are amazing and the spur choices off the Ridge trail are a shady option on warm days. Best time to go when you'll not likely see a soul is weekday mornings. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen & wear long pants if you take the spurs (lots of poison oak!) A great short loop is Turkey Ridge trail.
Update: You can access this series of trails without entering the park & paying a day fee. Take Hi Mtn Rd (just before park entrance) turn left on Upper Lopez Cyn Rd. up to top of ridge and park in one of the numerous shoulder pull outs.

Lots and lots of flies up and back on the trail.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The trail is definitely a moderately challenging trail. More challenging than I think "easy" suggests. There is no shade after the intersection with Black Berry trail.... So sunscreen up ! The next shade is nearly to the end of the trail. The last mile or so of my route was on the roadway, as opposed to being actual trail. All in all I enjoyed this hike. The views at the top are very nice. Do beware ticks ! I have done this trail twice and have seen ticks both times.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This trail or what used to be a trail is severely overgrown with poison oak and weeds. We actually went all the way and stayed one night. If you attempt this make sure you are fully covered with clothes. Trekking pole are a must as well.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great trail with excellent views. Lots of elevation relief, we took the turkey trail up to high ridge, lots of poison oak on that spur so be careful. I would not recommend small children or small dogs, total loop we took was 5.2 miles

Saturday, February 25, 2017

We started at the parking area at Lopez lake and took the Turkey Ridge Trail which meets up with the High Ridge trail. This added a little mileage, and was a nice shady start to the hike. Lots of fossils of shells, and great view.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great for kids, easy with good views

I drove to the trailhead and it's private property now.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

First time on this trail about 2 weeks ago. I have a 4Runner with 4WD, but ended up parking in the shade where the county maintained dirt road ended as it was very clear where the maintenance ended; and I didn't want to risk getting stuck way out there. It was about 1/2 of a mile to get to the trailhead (located on right hand side of the road). Trailhead not clearly marked- just a metal gate with a hikers entrance. Other hikers have posted pictures. No water in the creek and plenty of poison oak and foxtails. Pants would be a good idea on this trail. Overall, beautiful views and very peaceful amongst our California Oaks. Pretty isolated, so bring plenty of water and come prepared.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Simple trail. Very kid and dog friendly. Finished quickly.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Little difficult to find the trailhead. It's marked with a rusted steel gate. Some good hill climbs, with a nice breeze.

We did the whole Duna Vista loop. took us about 5 hours with short breaks here and there. seems longer than 7 miles on foot. We started from the the end of high mountain rd in lopez. Great way to burn some calories for the day.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

I recently did an overnighter to the camp. Poison oak was unavoidable in some spots. There weren't many ticks, but I had a few on me when I got to camp and when I got home. Wear long pants and take plenty if water if you're camping. The creek had small holes, but it wasn't flowing very well.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Agree on the vehicle. The hike was awesome but at the time we went in July the poison oak is abundant. Suggest long pants. It's on both sides of the trail. Don't go on a hot day. There was some water periodically in the creek but not running.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

great views! tried to take my 4 year old daughter along. was pretty tough for her. boy was she a soldier. horse camp at the end. great trail!

mountain biking
Monday, November 18, 2013

Great ride with Steep sections towards the top. The ride is singletrack the whole way with wonderful views. Make due to check out the net spur off the top after/before checking out the Duna Vista.

Nice trails. You have to pay to get into Lopez lake. Was told there was another way to access the trails on the backside but wasn't sure what road to take. Lots of spurs and trails that connect so pay attention to the signs.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This is an excellent creekside hike that leads into the Garcia Wilderness and visits a remote, seldom-used backcountry trail camp. You'll need a high-clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead, and finding the unsigned trailhead itself is somewhat challenging. If you can get past these challenges, the hike itself is a worthy reward. It's best to go in the spring when the weather is cool and the wildflowers are blooming.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Took a partial hike of the Dune Vista loop. The weather was wonderful and trail was quiet and empty except for the two deer we came across. Great day and a great trail.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Went during Thanksgiving Break 2011 with whole family. Was a difficult hike for the smaller children with numerous elevation changes. But had fantastic views of the lake below. In the limestone on the trail there are numerous fossils and many fantastic rocks for the budding geologist. Many trails in the area and a fantastic display of wildlife.

From Lopez Lake, drive on Hi-Mountain Road until you turn left of Upper Lopez Road. Take this road until you get to the Boy Scout Camp on the left side of the road and walk through this property, following the Duna Vista signs. It's a rolling hike with some good steep areas. Mountain bikers also use this road and come flying down some of the hills. The top of Duna Vista will give a bench to sit on while viewing Lopez Lake, the dunes at Oceano and the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful. Great workout for sure. Bring lots of water, especially on a warm day.

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