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

Challenging hike through lovely terrain. Offers nearly 360 degree view of San Luis Obispo at its highest point.

Beautiful hike with rewarding vistas! Fun to explore the boulders at the summit.

1 month ago

Nice

Great views. Tough at the top with the optional rock climbing, but worth it.

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1 month ago

A bit challenging for sure but the swing and the view from the top makes it worth it. I will do again.

Started from Patricia drive. It was a steady uphill climb from the start. I'm 51, overweight, but still managed to get to the very top on the rocks overlooking the entire area. My hikes are mostly on flat land in Austin area so this was a bit challenging. I'd rate Bishop difficulty a 5 to Cerro San Luis 3. The 20 somethings I was with had little difficulty. Once on top, it was a worth it. Surreal views of the area were incredible! Highly recommended. As others mentioned, watch out for Poison Oak and the climb was a bit on the rocky side. I have partially torn tendons in the right foot so just had to pay close attention to each step.

This an moderate hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and some Pacific Ocean. This hike is well worth doing, best in the spring when everything is blooming and it is not too hot, it was foggy on this particular day over the coast so could not see Morro Bay. This trail has both ticks and Poison oak as hazards if you get too close to the sides or go off trail. Rattlesnakes are very common here and warnings are out for Mountain Lions.
Ran into the Laguna Junior High Cross country team towards the end which was a shocker as I had the trail all to myself until I heard them coming! Narrow trail makes that more difficult.

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Cerro San Luis is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast, this is easily the busiest trail in the area so be prepared for hikers, runners and bikers. This hike of Cerro San Luis is well worth doing, best in the spring when everything is blooming and it is not too hot. This trail can have both ticks and Poison Oak as hazards if you get too close to the sides or go off trail.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
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The Elfin Forest Natural Area Trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and Morro Bay Estuary. If you have people visiting and you want them to go on a very easy hike, this is it. This hike of of the Elfin Forest Natural Area Trail is well worth doing, great all year long, maybe not so much in rainy season. This video was shot in the summer so very little bird life as compared to winter. Lots of wildlife if you look for it, mostly squirrels and rabbits so hawks can always be present.
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
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1 month ago

The Bishop's Peak Felsman Loop is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast. This hike of of the Eastern side of Bishop's Peak is well worth doing, great all year long, maybe not so much in rainy season. This video was shot in the summer so very little of both ticks and Poison oak as hazards if you don't get too close to the sides or go off trail. Lots of wildlife if you look for it, mostly squirrels and rabbits so hawks can always be present. This is a prime horse trail so you will encounter horses at any time. Also, there are cows and turkeys around.
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
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The Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive is an moderate hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast. This hike of of the Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive is well worth doing, great all year long, maybe not so much in rainy season. This video was shot in the summer so very little of both ticks and Poison Oak as hazards if you don't get too close to the sides or go off trail. Lots of wildlife if you look for it, mostly squirrels and rabbits, so hawks can always be present.
So the heading is incorrect for these two hikes and I sent in a correction. The map for the hike starts out from PAtricia Drive not Highland. The other Bishop's Peak Trail starts from Highland.
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1 month ago

Super easy (can get to top in 5 min) but great views

Such a good hike and great 360 views up top. Go early to avoid crowds and heat.

Did this trail today and it’s only 2 miles up and back to the top where the bell is. Elevation Gail is 1,152. It’s a mile of UP! Coming down is no joke be careful or you will end up on your a$$. But incredible views at the top.

A nice easy boardwalk trail with scenic view points of Morro Rock and estuary.

A nice easy little boardwalk trail. Easy for non-walkers. Loved the variety of plants and scenic view points.

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1 month ago

This was a decent hike. It was mainly foggy, so we didn’t get a chance to see the “nice” scenery. We started at 8am though, so you may want to wait until the fog lifts to actually enjoy it. The incline was fairly decent. We hiked next to a tower too, so we were able to access the Wi-Fi on our phones. Pretty chill hike!

Good hike in winter; pretty hot in summer

Moderate to hard. Good for mountain running. gotta be cautious.

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1 month ago

Great hike on a beautiful afternoon, trail is in good shape and weeds have been cut back.
Park in small lot at end of Marsh Street in SLO. This is an easy hike which you can make as difficult as you want by going uphill at any time to top of Cerro San Luis. There was no wind and it was foggy so it was cool, so it was going to get hot there in afternoon when it cleared. This is a great hike to start out your day.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
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Good little walk through the sand to get to the boardwalk. Views over the inlet in the bay is very beautiful.

hiked it today got there at 8am,fogged in, but it was amazing. 4 and 1/2miles ..

Enjoyed this one! It wasn't the one we had originally planned on, but it had great views like others have said. The beginning is a little steep, but it levels off and is well-shaded through the last half going back down. A great, short hike.

The views are beautiful. I love the smell of wild rosemary along the the entire trail.

BEST local hike for a quick, butt-kicking workout!

Great afternoon hike! Most is on a clearly defined, wide trail, although there are smaller paths if you want. It is worth hiking to the very top (there is a pole to define it). Great overview of SLO!

I started at Patricia, did the Felsmon loop, than connected with the Bishop peak summit. By the time an old man bicycles across town and hikes this, it's a good workout, throw in a little bouldering. Humbling, I don't care for inflated egos. Too my credit I go very slow. Went throuh 2L of water, phone needed recharging. I like the Aveenza offline map app. Find topo map, "Share" it to Aveenza, there you go, up to 3 maps free, can use store if desire. Been up this peak several times I consider this training. Also have become interested in climbing again, see how this goes.. You people should consider leaving your pooches at home, it is exposed and hot. Also watch out for poison oak, it is all over, stay on path. $20 bucks, tie me in, belay an old dude.

Great views !!

Great elevation changes to warm you up.

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