Today is Day 8 of 25 Days of SLO Digital Adventure through San Luis Obispo with me, The Leesh! Today, we are adventuring out into the wilderness, the great outdoors, where the fresh air reigns!
San Luis Obispo is home to over 30 miles of legit hiking trails (and even more if you forge your own path). SLO has some tough terrain that the most experienced hiker would still find interesting as well as very mellow trials that most active person could hike no problem.
It is hard to know where to start when there are so many awesome trails, but just know that any one you choose will not dissappoint because you will have a stellar view from pretty much anywhere.
San Luis is home to what has come to be called the “Seven Sisters” or the “Nine Morros”, depending on who is counting. Either way, it is a series of seven (or nine) non-active volcanic peaks that stretch from SLO to Morro Bay. The northernmost peak is Morro Rock situated right in Morro Bay and Islay Hill is the southernmost peak.
If you want to be cool and memorize all nine peaks here they are: Morro Rock, Black Hill, Cerro Cabrillo, Hollister Peak, Cerro Romauldo, Chumash Peak, Cerro San Luis Obispo, Bishop Peak and Islay Hill. But if you want to know the most popular ones for hiking, i would suggest Cerro San Luis (San Luis Moutain) or Bishop Peak (commonly known simply as Bishops), which is the highest of all the peaks coming in around 1,600 feet. Views from the top of bishops are beautiful, breathtaking and unforgettable. People come from all over the world to say they have climbed to the top of these mountains. Bike riders and hiking clubs book trips around these mountains, making sure to soak it in on the way.
These fine mountains have also given me some very special memories. My (now) husband and I hiked to the tops of Bishops before our wedding to write our vows while being surrounded by the beauty. We have had picnics at the top, shared a glass of wine or two (don’t tell anyone), and also have done sunrise and sunset hikes that are phenomenal. I’m sure these hiking trails will lead you to your own adventures that youw ill not soon forget. I have seen people reading/studying at the top, playing guitar and I have even heard that there was a full on band that played at the top with amps and equipment and everything.
However you choose to enjoy these mountains, just go out and do it! It’s free and beautiful and there for you to enjoy. I found a couple sites with more information that i could ever fit on here to give you information on trailheads and all the finer details. Be careful at dawn and dusk. Animals are more likely to be roaming then. Never hike alone at night. Always bring a flash light and tell someone where you are going. Safety First & Enjoy! :)
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