Trails Around the County

Today, there are trails of all types that have become more popular than ever. With the help of volunteers, non-profits, businesses, and  government agencies, we’re all working together to make trails a reality.

Get out and explore our most popular trails located throughout the county using our newly designed app.  Whether you’re looking for a short walk to California’s beautiful coastline or challenging backcountry, you’ll find trails of all types that will fit your interest. We will take you through sweeping hillsides and amazing views so “Think Outside” and come hike with us!

Bishop Peak

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this natural area has a popular route that takes you to the top of the peak with  great views of the coastline.  This is a 4.0 mile moderate to strenuous hike and well worth the effort!

Bob Jones Pathway

Very popular among the locals, this pathway draws leisurely walkers, bikers, hikers, runners, mom and dads with strollers. This path is 1.0 miles in length and meanders along San Luis Creek ending at Avila Beach.

El Chorro Regional Park

Located between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, El Chorro Regional Park offers easy to strenuous hiking.  Walk thru the Oak Woodlands canopy or hike to the bench underneath Eagle Rock for a great view of the Morros!

Heilmann Regional Park

Jim Green Trail is an easy to moderate 1.6 mile hike featuring oak groves and if we’re lucky, beautiful wildflowers in the spring.  The trail will also give you views overlooking Chalk Mountain Golf Course.

Lopez Lake Recreation Area

Numerous multi-use trails are available for those looking for a leisurely hike or a moderate to strenuous hikes.  Stroll along the lake or hike into the hills for beautiful views.  View trail map.

Santa Margarita Lake

This is a nature lover’s retreat with thousands of acres of unspoiled open space. There’s a vast range of hiking and riding trails offering breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding areas.

 Lopez Lake Recreation Area

  • Encinal Spur – 0.6, moderate
  • Bobcat Trail – 0.9 miles, strenuous
  • Marina Trail – 0.4 miles, moderate
  • Cougar – 1.7 miles, moderate
  • Escondido – 0.8 miles, strenuous
  • Rocky Point – 0.4 miles, moderate
  • Blackberry Springs – 0.75 miles, moderate
  • High Ridge – 2.25 miles, strenuous
  • Wittenberg Arm – 1.0 miles, easy
  • Duna Vista Loop – 7.2 miles, moderate
  • Duna Vista Spur
  • Turkey Ridge – 1.1 miles, strenuous
  • Hi Mountain (Forest Service Trail) – 7 miles, moderate to strenuous

 Santa Margarita Lake Recreation & Natural Area

  • Grey Pine – 3.3 miles, moderate
  • Falcon Trail – 5.6 miles one-way, strenuous
  • Lakeside – 1.5 miles, easy
  • Blinn Trail – 9.2 miles, strenuous
  • Sapwi (spur off Blinn) – 3.4 miles, moderate
  • Sandstone – 2.7 miles, moderate to strenuous
  • East River Road trail head – 10 miles east of SML, 8 miles to turn off)
  • Rocky – 1.8 miles, moderate to strenuous
  • Eagle View (spur off Grey Pine) – 0.1, moderate

Bishop Peak Natural Area

  • Bishop Peak – 4.0 miles, moderate to strenuous

 

 El Chorro Regional Park & Campground

  • Oak Woodlands – 1.5 miles, moderate
  • Eagle Rock – 0.7 miles, strenuous

Bob Jones Pathway

  • Bob Jones – 1.0 mile one-way, easy to moderate

Heilmann Regional Park

  • Jim Green Trail – 1.7 miles, moderate
  • Blue Oak – 1.3 miles, moderate

Nipomo Regional Park and Community

  • Cypress Ridge – xxx miles, easy to moderate
  • Mesa Meadows – xxx miles, easy to moderate
  • Callendar Grove – xxx miles, easy to moderate

Bishop Peak Trail

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this natural area has a popular route that takes you to the top for a 4.0 mile moderate to strenuous hike. Well worth it!

El Chorro Regional Park

Located between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, El Chorro Regional Park offers easy to strenuous hiking.  Walk thru the oak woodlands or hike to Eagle Rock for great views!

Lopez Lake Recreation Area

Numerous multi-use trails are available for those looking for a leisurely hike or a moderate to strenuous hikes.  Stroll along the lake or hike into the hills for beautiful views.  View trail map.

Bob Jones Trail

Very popular among the locals, this trail draws leisurely walkers, bikers, runners, and moms with strollers. It meanders along San Luis Creek and ends.
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Heilmann Regional Park

Jim Green Trail is  an easy to moderate 1.6 mile hike featuring beautiful wildflowers in the spring.  The trail will take you thru oak groves and give you views overlooking Chalk Mountain Golf Course.

Santa Margarita Lake

This is a nature lover’s retreat with thousands of acres of unspoiled open space. There’s a vast range of hiking and riding trails offering breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding areas.