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Best trails in San Luis Obispo

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Looking for a great trail near San Luis Obispo, California? AllTrails has 44 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 Hearst San Simeon State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Bishop Peak Natural Area or Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve. Ready for some activity? There are 32 moderate trails in San Luis Obispo ranging from 0.9 to 17.4 miles and from 39 to 2,647 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in San Luis Obispo
Top trails (44)
#1 - Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive
Bishop Peak Natural Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Bishop Peak, at 1559 feet, is the highest of the Nine Sisters (or Morros) in San Luis Obispo County. The peak is the centerpiece of the Bishop Peak Nature Reserve, and can be accessed from trailheads Show more
#2 - Reservoir Canyon Loop Trail
Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
After heavy rains parts of this area may be closed. Please check with the Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve for more information.Show more
#3 - Bishop Peak Trail from Highland Drive Trail
Bishop Peak Natural Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Bishop Peak Trail from Highland Drive Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Show more
#4 - Cerro San Luis Obispo Trail
Charies A and Mary R Maino Open Space
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Please note that the Cerro San Luis Trail has limited access and the Lemon Grove Loop is closed. Check with the park before visiting: https://www.slocity.org/government/department-directorShow more
#5 - Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail
Charies A and Mary R Maino Open Space
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a Show more
#6 - Mount Lowe Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
Mount Lowe Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number Show more
#7 - Froom Canyon - Irish Hills Preserve
Irish Hills Open Space
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
A loop trail on the northeast end of the Irish Hills. This trail is good for hikers and mountain bikers. Part of the trail is old mining road so it is very rocky in places. Moderate ability needed. Show more
#8 - Poly Canyon Loop Trail
Peterson Ranch
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Note: Peterson Ranch may occasionally close due to construction work.Show more
#9 - Felsman Loop Trail
Ferrini Ranch Open Space
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Felsman Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily 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 actiShow more
#10 - Bishop Peak via West Foothill Boulevard
Bishop Peak Natural Area
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Bishop Peak via West Foothill Boulevard is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numbShow more
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