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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 45 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 (45)
#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 on Patricia Drive, Highland Drive, or Foothill Road. From the trailhead on Patricia Drive, the trail starts as a wide dirt path climbing west uphill to a fenced gate, where you enter the Ferrini Open Space. At a curve in the road, turn left onto a narrow trail just after a short stretch of pavement. Staying on the paved road will lead uphill to a water tank, and the Felsman Loop Trail, which later re-intersects our route. Switchbacking through open oak woodland, the trail emerges into an open area near a seasonal cattle pond. Follow the main trail uphill to another cattle gate, where the signed Bishop Peak Trail branches left. The trail then goes through a shaded forest, passing a popular rock climbing area before emerging into open chaparral on the south side of Bishop Peak. A series of switchbacks lead up to the saddle between the west and east summits of the peak. At the saddle, a bench marks the end of the maintained trail. The east (and slightly lower) summit can be reached from here by a short scramble over sandstone boulders. On top, there are outstanding views of the entire San Luis Obispo area, including nearby Cerro San Luis Obispo to the east.Show more
#2 - 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, 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 on Patricia Drive, Highland Drive, or Foothill Road. Show more
#3 - 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
#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
#6 - Mount Lowe Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
#7 - Felsman Loop Trail
Ferrini Ranch Open Space
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
#8 - 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
#9 - 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
#10 - Reservoir Canyon Trail
Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
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