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

NEW 2 Year Pilot Program: Cerro San Luis Winter Evening Use!

Click here to learn about this program and to get your hiking permit.

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

Open Space Status as of: 10.15.18

 Open

Closed

Bishop Peak

Open HIGHLAND TRAIL HEAD CLOSED DUE TO WATER LINE BREAK

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


Bowden Ranch

Open

 

South Hills

Open

 

Stenner Springs

Open

 

Terrace Hill

Open

 

 

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.  

SIGN UP REQUIRED - October 21, 1:00 pm - Irish Hills – Geology Hike
Cal Poly Geology professor Scott Johnston will discuss our local geologic history and answer any rock related questions
Meet at Madonna Rd. Trailhead (Roundabout at Madonna Rd. and Eto Cir.)
Route: Mariposa to Froom Creek
Difficulty: Moderate, 2-3 hours
Register and sign up for event using CERVIS
click here

November 4, 1:00 pm – Bishop Peak
Meet at Patricia Dr. Trailhead (near Patricia Dr and Anicapa Cir)             
Route: Felsman Loop
Difficulty: Easy, 2 hours

December 16, 1:00 pm – 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: Creek Bypass
Difficulty: Moderate, 1-2 hours


Volunteer with the Rangers

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. September and October we will be meeting at the parking lot at the top of the grade on the west side of 101. Brushing on Shooters and Morning Glory.  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

Oct 13          
Irish Hills – Meet at Prefumo canyon rd trailhead, .3 mile past Castillo court leaving town.  Clear drains on Mariposa trail.

Nov 17
Stenner Springs – Maintenance on the Eucs and Stenner Flow trails

Dec 8            
Bishop Peak – Meet at Patricia trailhead, near the intersection of Patricia Dr and Anacapa Cir.  Pulling invasive weeds.

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