Hiking SLO

Yes, we have winter in SLO. Last year it came on a Wednesday. On average, San Luis Obispo sees more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Combine that with green hills, countless miles of hiking and biking trails, great bouldering and you’ll start to notice the over-abundance of tanned legs, full bike racks and drying wetsuits throughout town. There are 30 miles of trails in SLO City limits alone. Pair that with 15,000 acres of protected open space not counting the 11 California State Parks and Los Padres National Forest and you’ve got one massive playground. That’s not to mention hiking along coastal cliffs, hitting local surf spots and exploring coastal caves by kayak or stand up paddle board.

The Central Coast offers some of the most pristine, challenging and arguably the greatest variety of golf courses in the state. Throughout the county you’ll find relaxed, uncrowded, well-groomed courses surrounded by beautiful wine country and rolling green hills, ocean views and wildlife, or eucalyptus trees and sand dunes. With 300 days of sun and warm weather almost year round, the only thing between you and a good day at the links is deciding between inland, coastal and lakefront greens.

Want to see SLO from a different perspective? San Luis Obispo alone has more than 30 miles of trails. Whether you’re looking for an easy jaunt to get some fresh air, or a more challenging trek to get a bit of exercise, you are sure to find the perfect trail in SLO. Take a strenuous hike up Bishop Peak for some of the best views you will find of SLO. Cerro San Luis is a local favorite among hikers, runners and mountain bikers. Looking outside of SLO proper, Montana de Oro offers cool weather, coastal bluffs and peaks with trails for all level. North County offers coastal views from Cerro Alto campground off of Highway 41, and beautiful vistas and lakeside hikes around Santa Margarita, Lopez and Nacimiento lakes.

Hike the Pecho Coast trail to the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse. During the docent-led 3.75-round-trip hike visitors will learn about the history of the area, habitat, vegetation and geology, while taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Click here for more information and to register.

Surfers flock to San Luis Obispo County for places like Pismo Beach and Morro Bay, but locals tend to head out to the Montana de Oro State Park area for great surf. Head North on Highway 101 and take Highway 1 to Morro Bay for some beachbreak. Continue up Highway 1 where the San Luis Obispo and Monterey county lines meet, and you’ll find Big Sur and some local surfers catching the breaks.

The SLO Blues is a Summer Collegiate Wooden Baseball Club; all of the players are current collegiate athletes. They compete yearly June through August, and the games are right here in town. It is a great thing to do with your family if you are here over the summer months and are looking for an outdoor activity that provides great entertainment.

Pedal your way around town or throughout the county, tackle some trails or coast through nearby wine country on a self-guided bicycle tour. There is a reason the Tour of California regularly visits San Luis Obispo and it has a lot to do with the quality of rides, the weather and the scenery. SLO county is also home to some of the best mountain biking in the state. Within minutes you can ride to a trail from your hotel room or campsite.

Road Bike Rides Maps
Edna Valley Wineries by Bike (PDF)
Mountain Bike Trail Maps

Your adventure starts and ends right here. Vista Lago Adventure Park, located just 20 minutes from San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach at Lopez Lake Recreation Area, is home to a state-of-the-art high adventure ropes course, a 40 foot free fall Quick Jump and four zip lines. Two high-speed zip lines end over the lake on Vista Lago point and the ropes course includes both a first timer’s and upper Black Diamond expert course.

Not far from the beautiful rolling green hills of San Luis Obispo are the fascinating rolling golden Ocean dunes. The Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area has been deemed by scientists, conservationists and government agencies as the finest and most extensive coastal sand dunes in California. The dunes provide an impressive playground for off-highway enthusiasts as well as surfers, surf anglers and campers. Post 2 is one mile south on the beach from Pier Avenue and marks the beginning of the off-highway vehicle (OHV) area and a thrilling adventure.

Recreation Database