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: 4.22.19

 Open

Closed

Bishop Peak

Open  

Cerro San Luis

Open

Irish Hills Areas (3):

 


  • Madonna trail head
Open
  • Prefumo trail head
Open
MARIPOSA TRAIL CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE
  • Sterling trail head
 Open

Islay Hill

Open

 

Johnson Ranch

Open
 

Laguna Lake

Limited Access

 LAKESIDE TRAIL CLOSED

Reservoir Canyon

Open

USE CREEK BYPASS TRAIL

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. 

May 25 Johnson Ranch - Wildflower Hike – 9:00 am
Cal Poly Botany Professors Jenn Yost and Matt Ritter join to help ID flowers and answer questions.  Meet at Johnson Ranch Trailhead (the intersection of South Higuera and Ontario Rd)
Route: Orange Loop
Difficulty: Easy 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 trail maintenance in City-owned open space. Currently working on Morning Glory and various projects.  Email Ranger Niels Grether at ngrether@slocity.org 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

May 11         
Irish Hills –
Brushing on Mine Trail.  Meet at the Sterling Ln trailhead.  From Los Osos Valley Road head southwest on Royal Way, follow it through the neighborhood to Sterling Lane.  Park on Royal way at Sterling Ln.

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
Email Us

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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