Looking for a great trail near San Luis Obispo, California? AllTrails has 46 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 Morro Bay 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 33 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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Up hill grind is worth the view at summit. Recommend starting in the morning as mid-day sun can be hot. Southern exposure for most of the hike.

Great, beautiful trail. Good mix of tree cover and sunshine. On a bike it’s a tough, technical climb... and actually a tough technical descent as well! Definitely not for MTB beginners, but lots of fun. As a hiking or running trail it’s great, just be careful for your ankles as there’s like a million little rocks— the first half mile or so is pretty smooth dirt, then the rocky terrain starts and never ends.

on Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive

4 days ago

Beautiful hiking all the way to the top.

no shade
6 days ago

Amazing views of SLO - best to hike it in the morning during the summer as it’s very exposed. Descent is tough on the knees.

7 days ago

The P isn’t worth the hike I believe, but if you go above the P, you get a better view and better “hike”. It’s all rocks after the P so you have to be careful, but it’s a small hike.

What a great hike and workout. It’s pretty much uphill the whole way with a lot of stepping of rocks. The views are amazing and once you get to the top I suggest climbing a little bit more to the peak for the best view. It is over some boulders but not horribly difficult to get up there! Bring lots of water and be aware that not much is shaded so it can get hot.

Nice easy to moderate hike. Nice breeze and a handful of shady spots. Poison oak in some spots. I came across a rattlesnake on the side of the trail.

Lovely for sunrise and so much fun to climb the rocks at the top.

rattle snakes out now 8/12/19

11 days ago

Fun, easy trail, less trail

This trail is lengthy but the view is truly worth it! I can't think of adjectives that do justice in portraying the beauty of the view you will be rewarded with when you make it to Bishop's Peak. If you have the courage to climb atop the gigantic boulders, you will discover the absolute most spectacular view of all! This is one of my absolute favorite hikes in the Golden State. I'd highly recommend! (:

16 days ago

Worst trail ever! First you go through a homeless encampment, then past a large water treatment plant that smells really bad and, as a bonus, makes loud noises. It ends at patch of dirt next to the freeway.

Great loop. Gets a little rocky coming down from the summit.

no shade
17 days ago

18 days ago

Not well marked, but views were spectacular at the top. Not a lot of shade, not easy to figure out the trails in general.

Friendly rangers, well kept trail all the way through, good markers, lovely stream area, nice bridges, pretty wildflowers and a nice breeze. Great for our 9 1/2 year old shepherd. Would do it again!

Easy enough. Aim for morning though, not much shade throughout.

One of my go-to morning hikes. Steep start and then a slow descent to the finish.

I would recommend this trail for people who have dogs beautiful trail I recommend it

no shade
22 days ago

Very little shade if you head all the way to the top. Also very busy on the Saturday morning we did it. If you make it all the way to the top be prepared for some amazing views of San Luis Obispo area and beyond.

no shade
24 days ago

It’s a gorgeous trail and the fog keeps it cool with amazing views. We cut the trail short because there were TONS of mosquitoes. I didn’t know that there were mosquitoes in this part of CA. We sprayed our legs to keep ticks away and to our surprise we were covered in mosquitoes the whole hike. Also, we’re newbie hikers and like the inclines to be at the beginning of the hike, this one has some surprise last minute inclines at the end. Not terrible, but a warning for other newbies- save some uphill energy for the end. :) The beauty of the place make it a 5 star hike but the bugs dropped it to a 4.

Returned to SLO after 4.5 years away and this was my first task when I woke up in the morning. Just as beautiful as I remember, and a great way to stretch the legs after a long day of travel. It’s rating of moderate is accurate, and due to little shade at the high elevations, it makes for a great morning hike in the cooler air. For those who want an easier hike, start by going on the Creek Bypass, then turn around and go back down once you get to the amazing view at the top! Otherwise, the full loop is gorgeous.

Steep incline over the mile to the top. Amazing views!

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