Bishop Peak Trail is a hiking trail in San Luis Obispo, California. It is within Bishop Peak Natural Area. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 805 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,559 feet. Along the trail there are scrubs and woods. The trail ends near the Bench and Bishop Peak (elevation 1,493 feet).
Bishop Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Bishop Peak, an ancient volcanic mountain, is the signature backdrop for the city of San Luis Obispo. The peak, which stands at 1559 feet, has three distinctive peaks and is the highest in the chain of nine morros. The climb to the rocky peak winds through grasslands and oak woodlands. Near the summit, the trail becomes a scramble over massive granite boulders. From the peak is a panoramic 360-degree aerial view from the inland mountains to the coast. The views include San Luis Obispo, Los Osos Valley, El Chorro Valley and the entire chain of morros from Morro Rock to Islay Hill."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in San Luis Obispo County, California (Day Hike Books).
"This is a rare opportunity to hike up the slope of a more than 20-million- year- old volcanic plug. Your dog will be all wags from the smells in the lower oak woodland, while you’ll be thrilled with the panoramic views on the exposed slope. Bishop Peak is the highest of nine morros (volcanic plugs) in this pocket of Southern California. The Bishop Peak land was donated by the Ferrini family in 1995 and became one more gem in the city of San Luis Obispo’s crown of open- space parklands. The Bishop Peak trail begins in a residential neighborhood at the top of Highland Drive. Fence lines define the corridor off the street for about 100 yards before entering the oak woodland. At 0.1 mile you come to a fork on the right."
--Linda and David Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Southern California (Falcon Guides).
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