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Bishop Peak Trail

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Trail

1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 830' 253 m
Descent: -44' -13 m
High: 1,393' 424 m
Low: 607' 185 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Greg Belgum

Head to the Highland Avenue trailhead for this classic San Luis Obispo hike.

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Open year round. No parking at the Highland Ave. Trailhead.

Overview

This classic hike to the summit of Bishop's Peak will not disappoint!

Description

There are various trailheads to summit Bishop Peak. This trail starts at the Highland Avenue trailhead. The trail begins with a flat section through an oak grove before a short steep climb. Once the trail goes through a gate in a fence, you'll turn left to head south around the mountain. The trail passes through another oak grove where you'll see a popular rock climbing wall on the right.

The trail continues along the south side of the mountain before you arrive at the switchbacks on the south-west face of the mountain. After 8 or 9 switchbacks you'll arrive at a bench near the summit. From the bench you can scramble up a tall rock to the right for views of the city. If you continue to the left the trail is much less maintained with scrambling necessary. This is an out and back so just head back the way you came.

Little known fact: the mountain is commonly referred to as Bishop's Peak but is actually pronounced Bishop Peak. The summit of the mountain has three distinct points that resemble a Bishop Hat.

Flora & Fauna

You'll find oak trees and other general California plants.

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Land Manager: City of San Luis Obispo

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Jun 15, 2019
Hailey Davis
Jun 5, 2019
Marissa Rios
Great hike with great views. 3.8mi — 2h 45m
Mar 30, 2019
Frank Firmat
Aug 23, 2018
Eric Knierim
Jun 24, 2018
Jennifer N
1.8mi
Jun 3, 2018
Uyen M
Apr 12, 2018
Pelle Karlsson
Nov 28, 2017
Gilbert Gregg

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Photos

Sunrise breakfast on the summit.
Jan 21, 2016 near San Lui…, CA
Early morning view of Laguna Lake from the summit.
Jan 21, 2016 near San Lui…, CA
Evening hike: four-legged hiker.
Jan 21, 2016 near San Lui…, CA
Cerro San Luis peeks through the clouds from Bishop Peak.
Jun 27, 2017 near San Lui…, CA

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