Hike Bishops Peak – Panoramic Hike in San Luis Obispo

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Calling all hikers and rock climbers!

Bishops Peak - San Luis ObispoBishops Peak is a popular reserve in San Luis Obispo County. Treat yourself to a panoramic view from this rocky peak. It’s the highest peak (1546 feet) in a chain of nine volcanic buttes called the Nine Sisters. The famous rock at Morro Bay is one of the buttes in this chain. It was named long ago by the padres at Mission San Luis Obispo because of the three sharp points on its summit.

Hikers are rewarded with a spectacular view that includes Morro Bay, the Pacific Ocean, Cal Poly, and surrounding hills. It’s a 4 mile round-trip hike. The hike up takes approximately one to one and a half hours while the hike down can be done in about 45 minutes. Allow time to sit and enjoy the view, enjoy a snack, and take some pictures with your camera.

View from Bishop's PeakI did this hike during the morning. Next time I think I’ll bring a flashlight and time it so I can watch the sunset from the top. The rocky peak at the top of this hike would also be a fabulous place to watch the sunrise.

I recommend this as a short day hike. If you’re spending time in San Luis Obispo, it’s a great way to get out, enjoy the outdoors, and get some exercise.

Tips: Go during the week to avoid crowds. Early morning hours are also not as busy. Watch out for the poison oak that is located throughout the area.


Bishops Peak Contact Information:

San Luis Obispo County Parks Department
Telephone: (805) 781-5930

Hiker on trailDirections from Hwy. 1
Within the city of San Luis Obispo, Highway 1 is also called Santa Rosa Street. From Santa Rosa Street turn east on E. Foothill Blvd. Turn right at Patricia. Turn left on Highland Drive. You will pass Bishop Peak Elementary School on the left. Continue on Highland until it ends. You’ll see a trail head sign on the left. Park on the street and begin your hike!


Ready for Another Hike?

Hike Black HillIf you’ve hiked to Bishop’s Peak, you’ve hiked to the tallest of the nine peaks in the series called the Nine Sisters. Why not hike to another? Hike to Black Hill, which is another of these peaks. Black Hill is a three mile round-trip hike. The Black Hill Trail begins in the campground at Morro Bay State Park. This state park is not far away. While visiting Morro Bay State Park, also consider kayaking, golfing, or even camping.


Raise a Glass

SLO brewingThe Central Coast of California, and especially San Luis Obispo, has a number of brewmasters who are producing high quality brews. If you enjoy a good beer, be sure to visit a few of the fabulous breweries located in the area. Many are also restaurants and serve food as well. Some even have live entertainment. Click Here to learn more about San Luis Obispo breweries.


Women Wine Tasting in VineyardSan Luis Obispo is also known for its world class wineries. This area makes some of the world’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noir. However, you will find fabulous other wines being produced here as well. There are many great wineries with tasting rooms to explore. Click Here to learn about the best San Luis Obispo Wineries to Visit.


If you have hiked to the top of Bishops Peak, please leave a comment below telling us about your experience.


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