Posted by: cvancil | May 1, 2009

Ready…Set…Hike!

A great way to see and experience San Luis Obispo County is to hike some of the most beautiful trails in open areas and natural preserves.  Grab a hat, some water, a camera, and get out the door!

Here are some paths to get you started.  You can also click here and get a map of some other great trails in the area. 

The following information (and photo) is from the San Luis Obispo County Parks Department:

 Santa Margarita Lake Regional Park
-Grey Pine: 3.3 miles one-way to Vaca Flat, moderate, muliti-use
-Lakeside: (unmarked)1.5 miles, dirt road along lake shore from Marina to White Oak, easy, multi-use
-Blinn: 9.2 miles one-way (out and back mandatory), moderate to strenuous, multi-use
-Sapwi: spur off Blinn after 3.4 miles, accessing Khus Camp (1 mile) and Sapwi Camp (2 miles), moderate, multi-use
-Sandstone: 2.7 miles one-way (out and back mandatory), moderate to strenuous, multi-use
-East River Road (Staging area for Blinn & Sandstone): 10 miles east of Santa Margarita Lake
-Rocky: 1.8 miles one-way (out and back mandatory), moderate to strenuous, multi-use

Lake Lopez Recreation Area
-Marina: 0.4 miles, moderate, hiking, biking
-Rocky Point: 0.4 miles, easy, hiking
-Blackberry Springs: 0.8 miles, moderate, self-guided interpretive, hiking
-High Ridge: 2.3 miles, strenuous, multi-use
-Wittenberg Arm: 1 mile, easy, multi-use
-Two Waters: 1.3 miles, moderate, hiking
-Duna Vista: 0.5 miles, moderate, hiking
-Tuouski: 1.8 miles, moderate, hiking
-Turkey Ridge: 0.8 miles, strenuous, hiking
-Hi Mountain: 7 miles, moderate to strenuous, multi-use (two miles east of Lopez Lake on Hi Mountain Road)

El Chorro Regional Park
El Chorro’s trails range from the scenic views on Eagle Rock to the cool riparian area along Dairy Creek, all in a beautiful setting of coast live oaks and seasonal wildflowers.

-Oak Woodland: 1.5 miles, moderate, hiking only
-Eagle Rock: 0.7 miles, strenuous, hiking

Heilmann Regional Park
-Blue Oak: 1.3 mile path around park perimeter, hiking and biking only
-Jim Green: 1.7 miles, moderate, multi-use

Open Space Trails
-Bob Jones City to the Sea Bikeway: 1.0 miles from the Ontario Road Staging Area to San Luis Bay Drive
-Bishop Peak: 4.0 miles round-trip, moderate hiking to the top of Bishop Peak accessible from Patricia Avenue in San Luis Obispo
-Felsman Loop: 1.7 round trip, easy to moderate, trailhead at accessible from Patricia Avenue in San Luis Obispo

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