Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

Long drive but no access.

I put 3 because I can’t exactly rate a trail I couldn’t even find. Do not follow directions from this app. It takes you to a youth camp. My Husband and I drove back and forth for nearly an hour trying to find any sign of a trail and there was nothing but private properties and the youth camp. We ended up going to Lopez Lake where we finally found the trail but it was also difficult to find there. We followed the camp map and ended up at a closed off road when we should have been able to keep going (according to camp map). So I’m assuming maybe it’s closed? We settled for a trail that didn’t seem nearly as fun as this one would have been.

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

6 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

Great easy trail, lots of birds and nature, and poison oak so stick to the clean trail.

This trail loop is accessed along James Way - a main thoroughfare to the Trader Joes's, Walmart, OSH & Food 4 Less shopping complexes - offering a conveniently located quick exercise break (roughly a 20 min. loop under a lovely oak canopy) on the way to or from doing nearby errands! Often I'll bring my energetic Lab along so we can both enjoy a quick stroll during what might otherwise be a busy, non-exercising day. It's an especially nice trail on warm summer days where the shady oak trees provide a cool, easy and local hiking option. Lots of poison oak surrounds the oaks, so stay on the trail!

Clean well managed trail. Nice scenery, there were other trails that went uphill and fun to walk but we avoided a couple due to poison oak. Overall a very easy walk for any age and we will be back.

8 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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This trail was overgrown, ticks everywhere, and not that great. I got lost and couldn't even find my way to the trail for 20 minutes. Part of it was pretty. But I wouldn't say this is the best trail for Kids or animals.

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

Sunday, December 04, 2016

There is no Routzhan Park, it was drowned by Lopez Reservoir 50 years ago. The correct park name would be Lopez Lake Park.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fun trail!! I don't recommend going after it rained without proper shoes but I was really fun!!!!

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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice Hike right in your backyard!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Short trail that can be easily accessed from roadside parking. Path thru oak trees is well cleared and easy to follow. Stay on path. Wouldn't recommend for dog walks due to amount of poison oak that is next to trail.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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

on Clover Ridge Trail

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Short and easy with a little up hill. It was a dry in July, but still very beautiful and pleasant.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

This is the trail when I want to get my kids out and on a little nature walk. It is easy on the kids and right in town I don't have to drive far for. Love it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Trail is kid friendly I took a 3 & 5 year old. Lots of joggers. Not much of a view from the actual trail.

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.

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