This 3.5-mile hike ascends 950 feet to highest summit in the Nine Sisters, offering excellent views of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding Morros.
This short 0.6-mile out and back hike ascends 175 feet to the summit of Black Hill, which presents 360-degree views over Morro Bay.
|Bluff Trail (in Fiscalini Ranch Preserve)|
This 1.9-mile stroll crosses beautiful undeveloped coastline in Fiscalini Ranch Preserve at the center of Cambria.
|Bluff Trail (in Montaña de Oro State Park)|
This hike of around three miles tours tide pools, beaches, and impressive cliffs along the picturesque coast of Montaña de Oro State Park.
|Bob Jones Bike Trail|
This easy 5-mile out and back hike or ride follows San Luis Obispo Creek to Avila Beach.
This half-mile out and back hike descends 100 feet to a natural rock bridge at the end of a headland east of Avila Beach.
This semi-loop bags the 2,624-foot summit of Cerro Alto, plus a scenic ridge south of the peak, for a 5.35-mile hike with 1,600 feet of elevation gain.
This strenuous 2.5-mile hike summits the highest mountain in Morro Bay State Park, a 911-foot member of the Nine Sisters.
|Cerro San Luis|
This 4-mile hike summits one of the Nine Sisters just west of downtown San Luis Obispo.
|Cerro San Luis from Laguna Lake Park|
This 5.7-mile hike reaches the summit from a nearby park.
|Chumash & Crespi Trails Loop|
This 2.9-mile circuit in Morro Bay State Park visits an oak grove and bay views by combining Chumash Trail, Crespi Trail, and Hutash Trail.
|Coon Creek Trail|
This 5-mile out and back hike ventures up a coastal canyon at the south end of Montaña de Oro State Park.
|Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area|
This 6-mile round trip hike crosses a ridge in the Santa Lucia Mountains with panoramic views over San Luis Obispo, ascending to a grove of Sargent cypress in a botanical area in Los Padres National Forest.
|Eagle Rock Nature Trail|
This 2.4-mile hike in El Chorro Regional Park climbs 450 feet to Eagle Rock Viewpoint for an overview of the valley between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.
|East Cuesta Ridge|
This wide dirt road offers an 8.4-mile hike to the top of Mount Lowe or a longer trek to the top of Lopez Canyon Trail, offering ocean views over San Luis Obispo and inland views over an evergreen wilderness.
|Elfin Forest Natural Reserve|
This easy 1-mile loop on a boardwalk explores a pygmy forest on the edge of Morro Bay.
|Felsman Loop Trail|
This 2.7-mile loop crosses oak, sagebrush, and grass-covered slopes around the base of Bishop Peak, providing excellent views of that notable rocky summit and its San Luis Obispo surroundings.
|Froom Creek Trail|
This 3-mile loop explores a canyon on the east side of the Irish Hills, ascending 500 feet to a nice view over Laguna Lake, Cerro San Luis, and Bishop Peak.
|Hazard Canyon Reef|
This one-mile hike in Montaña de Oro State Park descends an oceanfront ravine to a rocky shoreline graced with engaging tide pools.
|Hazard Peak Trail|
This 6-mile out and back hike ascends coastal ridges to a 1,076-foot summit with panoramic views that include a dynamic perspective of Morro Bay.
|Hazard Peak – Islay Creek Loop|
This 9.2 mile loop continues beyond Hazard Peak deeper into Montaña de Oro State Park before circling back on Islay Creek Trail.
This gradual 4.5-mile lollipop loop in Harmony Headlands State Park crosses a coastal valley to reach picturesque ocean bluffs on the rugged coast between Cayucos and Cambria.
|Hi Mountain Trail|
This 1.4-mile long trail goes through many phases as it explores the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Arroyo Grande and makes for a 3.25-mile loop including a walk along Hi Mountain Road.
|Islay Creek Trail|
This easy 6-mile out and back hike follows a wide trail up a coastal canyon flanked by thousand-foot peaks, passing a small waterfall to reach an abandoned barn.
This 1.8-mile out and back hike climbs 550 feet to the top of San Luis Obispo’s easternmost Morro.
|Johnson Ranch Loop|
This 2.5 to 3.7-mile loop explores a grassy open space just south of San Luis Obispo.
|Johnson Ranch – Irish Hills Connector Trail|
This scenic 5-mile point-to-point hike connects Johnson Ranch Open Space with Irish Hills Natural Reserve.
|Lemon Grove Trail|
This 2.2-mile loop visits a historic lemon grove on the eastern slopes of Cerro San Luis.
|Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve|
This short hikes explores a pygmy forest of coast live oaks, providing a shady level stroll of up to 1.5 miles.
This spur off the trail up Cerro San Luis makes its own 1.9-mile round trip hike leading to the large white “M” installed halfway up the east side of the mountain.
|Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve|
This 2.6-mile loop serves up panoramic views over Morro Bay as it ascends 800 feet from Los Osos to Montaña de Oro State Park.
|Moonstone Beach Boardwalk|
This 2.85-mile out and back hike crosses a boardwalk along a charming Cambria beach in Hearst San Simeon State Park.
|Morro Rock via Morro Strand Trail|
This level one to 3.5-mile out and back hike starts from Cloisters Park and crosses Morro Strand State Beach to reach Morro Rock.
This 3.15-mile hike in the Irish Hills Natural Reserve delivers panoramic views over Los Osos Valley and the full chain of Morros.
|Murray Hill via Sydney Street Trail|
This 2.8-mile out and back hike rapidly ascends 1,275 feet up a rugged trail to a stone seating area at a summit with panoramic views.
This scenic 10.8-mile hike ventures into Montaña de Oro State Park to a panoramic summit.
|Old Prospector Trail Loop|
This 3.4 to 4.4-mile hike ascends a rugged ravine off Froom Canyon to the ruins of an old mine.
|Oso Flaco Lake Trail|
This hike of 2 miles or more takes a boardwalk over a coastal lake and across sand dunes to an out-of-the-way beach.
This 3.2-mile out-and-back hike ventures up the coast from the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery to Piedras Blancas Light Station. Additional boardwalks at the rookery can be used to add another mile of hiking.
|Point Buchon Trail|
This 1 1/3 to 6.8-mile hike explores the beautiful coastline south of Montaña de Oro State Park.
|Point San Luis Lighthouse via Pecho Coast Trail|
This docent-led 3.5-mile out and back hike crosses scenic coastal bluffs to reach the historic lighthouse on Point San Luis.
|Poly Canyon Design Village|
This 2.5-mile hike visits an experimental architectural village designed by Cal poly students set on a hillside near campus at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains.
This 2-mile loop explores a short hill just east of Morro Estuary in Morro Bay State Park.
|Rattlesnake Flats Trail – Badger Trail – Bluff Trail Loop|
This 1 2/3-mile hike offers a twist on the Bluff Trail, going along and just above the coast of Montaña de Oro State Park.
This 5.35-mile hike ascends 1,350 feet past a waterfall and a collection of junk sculptures on the way to a treeless summit overlooking San Luis Obispo.
|Reservoir Canyon Summit Trail|
This 4.1-mile hike ascends to a point on the northwest end of the ridge above Reservoir Canyon, presenting panoramic views over San Luis Obispo from the base of an old tower with a bell that can be rung with a thrown pebble.
|Reservoir Canyon Trail – Summit Trail Loop|
This 5.6-mile loop ventures up Reservoir Canyon Trail to the summit viewpoint, crosses Ridge Trail to the bell tower, and descends Summit Trail back into Reservoir Canyon.
|Reservoir Flats Trail|
This 2-mile loop delivers fine ocean and canyon views as it explores the bottom of Islay Creek Canyon in Montaña de Oro State Park.
This 3 to 3.25-mile hike near Santa Margarita ascends past an old mercury mine and bucolic views to a grassy saddle with a sweeping perspective over the Santa Lucia Mountains. Extend the outing to the nearby summit of Bell Mountain for even grander vistas.
|Shell Beach Bluff Trail – Ontario Ridge Trail Loop|
This 2.8-mile loop explores the coast between Shell Beach and Avila Beach, on and below a 700-foot ridge.
|Sycamore Crest Trail|
This 1.75-mile hike departs from Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and ascends the north slope of Ontario Hill, arriving at a scenic ocean perch. Extend the hike down the ridge and create a 3.25-mile one-way hike.
|South Hills Ridge Trail|
This 1.5-mile out and back hike ascends 450 feet to the highest point in a cluster of hills near downtown San Luis Obispo, offering fine views over the city and surroundings.
|Stenner Creek Trail to the Eucs|
This 3.7-mile hike goes up Stenner Creek Canyon past a small waterfall and views of Bishop Peak to a collection of freeride bike trails called the Eucs.
|Stenner Creek Trail – Red Dog Trail – Poly Canyon Road Loop|
This 4.25-mile loop goes beyond the Eucs to explore grass-covered slopes at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains.
This 0.55-mile hike tours a flattened mountaintop in the city of San Luis Obispo that hosts panoramic views of the surroundings.
This easy 2.1-mile hike reaches a short rise between Black Hill and Cerro Cabrillo in Morro Bay State Park.
This 4.5-mile hike summits a 1,347-foot peak with stunning views over Montaña de Oro.