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: 6.11.18

 Open

Closed

Bishop Peak

Open

Cerro San Luis

Open

Irish Hills Areas (3):

 


  • Madonna trail head
Open  
  • Prefumo trail head
Open
  • Sterling trail head
Open

Islay Hill

Open

 

Johnson Ranch

 Open

Laguna Lake

Open

 

Reservoir Canyon

Open

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Bowden Ranch

Open

 

South Hills

Open

 

Stenner Springs

Open

 

Terrace Hill

Open

 

 

Junior Ranger Activity Camp
Ranger Services staff put on 5 days of outdoor activities and learning that help kids understand our local environment and how to protect and enjoy it!  Campers will enjoy a bit of classroom style instruction combined with outdoor hands-on learning, and activities. Open to children ages 7-10 at the start of camp.

DATES & HOURS

August SessionSpend the end of summer vacation with the City Rangers learning about water and all the impacts it has on the land and our lives. Our ecology is dependent on water in every part of the web of life. Through games, play and instruction campers will learn the important role water plays, not only in our own lives but also in everything around us.  

Ages: 7-9         
Registration is open from May 7-Aug 1     
Dates of Camp: Aug 6-10       
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.        

  • LOCATION
    Monday – Thursday: Laguna Lake Park in the gazebo area, towards the end of the park.
    Friday: Johnson Ranch House and Educational Farm, 5182 Ontario Rd.
  • FEES $131 per week Package price includes: a full week of care (Monday through Friday 8am to 2pm), a daily schedule of activities/lessons, and a morning snack. *No refunds. Credits may be issued upon approval from the Ranger Services Supervisor.

JRAC CAMP INFORMATION

  • Participation in previous Jr. Ranger Camps should not discourage interested parties from registering. Each Camp incorporates different themes and new activities.
  • Spaces are limited, register early:

Last day to register for June session is June 6; last day to register for August session is August 1.

  • Drop-off and pickup location of Camp Monday – Thursday will be the outdoor gazebo area located at the end of Laguna Lake Park.  Friday will be the Johnson Ranch House and Educational farm at 5182 Ontario rd. Parents/guardians MUST sign campers both in and out of Camp daily.
  • Campers must bring a lunch.

JR RANGER CAMP 2018

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.  

June 24 – 9:00 am, Reservoir Canyon 
Meet at the end of Reservoir Canyon Rd., coming from SLO, take 101 North about 1 mile past Monterey St. exit. Turn right onto Reservoir Canyon Rd.
Route: Reservoir Canyon Loop
Difficulty: Hard, 3-4 hours

July 15 – 9:00 am – Irish Hills
Meet at Madonna Rd. Trailhead (Roundabout at Madonna Rd. and Eto Cir.)
Route: Froom Creek Trail
Difficulty: Moderate, 2-3 hour

Aug 26 – 1:00 pm – Cerro San Luis
Meet at Marsh St. trailhead, near the Hwy 101 overpass.
Route: M Trail Loop
Difficulty: Moderate, 2-3 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 AT: Bishop Peak, Patrica Dr. Trailhead. Call 805-781-7302 to check location and 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

Saturday, June 16               
Reservoir Canyon
– Trimming brush on Reservoir Canyon Loop
Meet at Reservoir Canyon Rd (Take Reservoir Canyon Rd. off Highway 101 Just north of San Luis Obispo)

Saturday, July 28                
Johnson Ranch
– Clearing brush on Johnson Ranch Loop. Meet at Johnson Ranch Trailhead (South Higuera and Ontario Rd.)

Saturday, Aug 18                 
Cerro San Luis
– Clearing brush on lemon grove loop. Meet at Marsh St. trailhead, near the Hwy 101 overpass.

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