Best Places to Hike in San Luis Obispo

March 15, 2021

California is blessed with quite a few mountainous regions, and some just happen to be more scenic and accessible than others. Such is the case with San Luis Obispo, which offers everything from seaside trails to rugged mountain passes with various degrees of elevation and terrain. The next time you stay in San Luis Obispo, make sure to bring your hiking gear and get ready to visit the following trails.

Reservoir Canyon

You have to be in good shape and have some hiking experience to tackle the 5.5 miles of this trail, which can be accessed from various entrances, including a few suburban streets. Reservoir Canyon is an actual national preserve, so you’ll be hiking on federal land. By the time you summit, you’ll have gained 1,350 feet in elevation, and you’ll be rewarded with nice views of the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. If you map the route on your handheld GPS or smartphone, you may notice side trails that lead to Spanish mission ruins or waterfalls.

Terrace Hill

Located right in the middle of San Luis Obispo, this suburban hill is a loop trail that extends about a mile and features just enough elevation for you to get some exercise out of your hike. You can even take some snacks and beverages to have a picnic at the summit, which offers views of the Seven Sisters mountain range. As you look down this trail, you’ll notice some of the homes feature striking architectural designs, which is why you see many real estate photographers with zoom lenses making this easy climb.

Serenity Swing

This trail is part of the Peterson Ranch recreation area, and it’s considered to be one of the most accessible in San Luis Obispo. Peterson Ranch offers three trails. This one isn’t the easiest for someone who’s not used to walking a few miles, but the increase in elevation is just 725 feet. There’s a very large tree complete with a swing at the summit (hence the name of the trail). If you start your hiking adventure early in the morning, you’ll have time to complete all the trails at Peterson Ranch. After a full day of fun in the sun and fresh air, you’ll be ready to head back to your boutique hotel near San Luis Obispo to relax and relive the day’s adventures.

Montaña de Oro State Park

Los Osos is part of various unincorporated districts in northwest San Luis Obispo County, and this is where you’ll find Montaña de Oro State Park and its numerous trails. If you’re traveling as a family, this park is highly recommended because its many trails will appeal to hikers starting at beginning levels. The Bluff Trail is pretty easy despite its 4.6-mile distance. You can take as long as you want to complete this loop, which is always kept clear by groundskeepers. If you hike this trail in the spring, you’ll get to enjoy plenty of wildflowers.

No matter what kind of outdoor adventures you enjoy, you’re certain to find plenty of options in San Luis Obispo. If you’re looking for a charming place to welcome you at the end of a full day of hiking, you’ll love the soothing Spanish-inspired décor and exceptional service at Sands Inn & Suites. From our beautifully appointed rooms to our tranquil fountain area and heated pool and spa, we can provide you with everything you need to relax in comfort. To learn more about our amenities and reserve your room at our premier San Luis Obispo hotel, call us today at (800) 441-4657.

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