Trails & Open Space 

Ranger Services works to provide both educational and recreational opportunities to the community of San Luis Obispo. The City's 7,000 acres of designated open space promise to have something for everyone including rugged hiking trails, challenging mountain biking and leisurely scenic pathways just minutes from downtown.

Maps

View Open Space and Trail Maps here.

Bishop Peak
Cerro San Luis
Irish Hills
Islay Hill
Johnson Ranch
Laguna Lake
Reservoir Canyon
South Hills
Stenner Springs
Terrace Hill 
All Open Space

Trail Updates
Please note that updates occurring over the weekend may not appear until Monday morning.

Open Space Status as of: 12.15.17

Open

Closed

Bishop Peak

Open

Cerro San Luis

Open

Irish Hills Areas (3):

 

  • Madonna
 Open
  • Prefumo
 

12/11
MORRO VIEW TRAIL CLOSED
due to Mt. Lion mom & cub sightings 

  • Sterling

Open

 

Islay Hill

Open

 

Johnson Ranch

Open

Laguna Lake

Open

 

Reservoir Canyon

Open


Bowden Ranch

Open

 

South Hills

Open

 

Stenner Springs

Open

 

Terrace Hill

Open

 

 

Volunteer with the Rangers

Ranger-led hikes

Ranger led hikes are a great way to learn more about the open spaces you enjoy. Rangers cover topics from flora and fauna to local history of open spaces. These hikes are also a great way to get to know your local rangers and ask questions about the Ranger Service and responsible use of open space.  

Jan 14, 1:00 pm - Bishop Peak
Meet at Patricia Dr. Trailhead (near Patricia Dr. and Anacapa Cir.)
Route: Felsman Loop
Difficulty: Easy, 1-2 hours

Feb 25, 1:00 pm - Islay Hill
Meet at Sweet Bay Ln. trailhead (Cul-de-Sac at the end of Sweet Bay Lane)
Route: Islay Hill Trail
Difficulty: Moderate, 2-3 hours

Mar 18, 1:00 pm – Irish Hills – Wildflower Hike
Enjoy and learn about all the beautiful wildflowers in SLO City owned open space. 
Rangers invite professional botanists to assist and answer questions.
Meet at Madonna Rd. Trailhead (Roundabout at Madonna Rd. and Eto Cir.)
Route: Froom Creek to Phyllis’ Lookout
Difficulty: Moderate 2-3 hours

Apr 15, 1:00 pm – Bowden Ranch – Wildflower Hike
Enjoy and learn about all the beautiful wildflowers in SLO City owned open space. 
Rangers invite professional botanists to assist and answer questions.
Meet at Lizzie St. Trailhead (take Lizzie St. uphill past Wilding Ln.)
Route: Firefighter Trail to stone bench on Reservoir Canyon Loop
Difficulty: Strenuous, 2-3 hours

May 13, 9:00 am – Johnson Ranch – Wildflower Hike
Enjoy and learn about all the beautiful wildflowers in SLO City owned open space. 
Rangers invite professional botanists to assist and answer questions.
Meet at Johnson Ranch Trailhead (South Higuera and Ontario Rd.)
Route: Johnson Ranch loop
Difficulty: Moderate, 1-2 hours

Wednesday Workdays

Meeting every Wednesday at 8:45 AM. An opportunity for volunteers to gather and work on building new trails in City-owned open space.  Meet on Royal Way at Sterling Lane to work on brushing in the Irish Hills in preparation for opening the Wadell Property to the public. Contact Ranger Services Supervisor Doug Carscaden for more information.

Saturday Workdays

Volunteers assist City Rangers twice per month on specific sections of the open space in need of maintenance. All workdays run from 9am to 12pm

Dec 16
TBD – Check Ranger Service webpage for updates

Jan 6 
Reservoir Canyon – Meet at Reservoir Canyon trailhead, take Hwy 101 North out of SLO and turn right on Reservoir Canyon Road about 1 mile north of Monterey St. on-ramp.  Trimming brush on new Reservoir Canyon loop trail.

Feb 3 
Bob Jones Trail – Meet at Bob Jones trailhead at the intersection of Prado Rd. and South Higuera.  Picking up trash along the path.

Feb 17
Irish Hills – Meet at Prefumo Canyon Rd. trailhead, 1/3  mile past Castillo Court leaving town.  Working on drainage on Mariposa trail.

March 3 
Cerro San Luis – Meet at Marsh St. trailhead, near the Hwy 101 overpass.  Picking up trash at the trailhead or trail work depending on conditions.

March 17
Bishop Peak – Meet at Patricia Dr. trailhead.  Trimming brush on Felsman Loop Trail.

April 7
Reservoir Canyon - Meet at Reservoir Canyon trailhead, take Hwy 101 North out of SLO and turn right on Reservoir Canyon Rd. about 1 mile north of Monterey St. on-ramp.  Trimming brush on old Reservoir Canyon loop trail.

April 21
Terrace Hill
– Meet at Bishop St. trailhead, one block uphill from Augusta St.. Picking up trash or trail work depending on conditions

May 12
Irish Hills
– Meet at Prefumo Canyon Rd trailhead, 1/3 mile past Castillo Court leaving town.  Trimming brush on Bog Thistle trail.

May 26
Cerro San Luis – Meet at Marsh St. trailhead, near the Hwy 101 overpass.  Clearing brush on Lemon Grove loop.

Thank you, devoted volunteers!

The Parks and Recreation Department appreciates the many community members who consistently strive to maintain and protect the thousands of acres of City open space and trails.

Open Space Guidelines

(805) 781-7302
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For the safety of all users
, including hikers, cyclists, trail runners and others, please comply with the following:

  • Access Permitted from Dawn to Dusk ONLY
  • Camping Prohibited
  • Stay on Designated Trails
  • Wear Proper Hiking Shoes
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks
  • Dogs Must be on a Leash
  • Pick up after your Dog
  • Pack it In, Pack it Out
  • ID card, first aid kit and cell phone
  • More Information 

Open

 Open *expect closures this weekend
*Expect closures this weekend