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: 2.7.19

 Open

Closed

Bishop Peak

Open  

Cerro San Luis

Open
LEMON GROVE LOOP CLOSED

Irish Hills Areas (3):

 


  • Madonna trail head

CLOSED
  • Prefumo trail head
Open

  • Sterling trail head
 Open

Islay Hill

Open

 

Johnson Ranch


CLOSED

Laguna Lake

Open

 

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. 

Feb 17 Reservoir Canyon – Wildflower Hike – 1pm.  Bill Waycott, SLO Native Plant Society President joins to help ID our local wildflowers. 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/Steep, 2-3 hours

March 24 Irish Hills – Wildflower Hike – 1:00 pm
Professional Botanist Kristen Nelson and Cal Poly Professor Nishi Rajakaruna join to help ID flowers and discuss new plant species she discovered in Irish Hills Natural Reserve. Meet at Madonna Rd. Trailhead (Roundabout at Madonna Rd. and Eto Cir.)
Route: Froom Creek to Mariposa
Difficulty: Moderate 2-3 hours

April 14 Reservoir Canyon – Wildlife Walk and Talk - 9:00 am
Local wildlife biologist and Cal Poly Professor Francis Villablanca joins to share his knowledge creatures and critters. 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: Easy to Moderate, 2-3 hours

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 building new trails in City-owned open space. Currently working on Brushing on Shooters and Morning Glory and various projects.  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

Feb 2             
Cerro San Luis -
Removing invasive plant species: French Broom.  Meet at Marsh St. trailhead, near the Hwy 101 overpass. 

March 9        
Irish Hills –
Brushing on Bog Thistle trail. Meet at Prefumo Canyon Road trailhead,  From Los Osos Valley Road, take Prefumo Canyon Road towards sea canyon. Trailhead is about .3 mile past Castillo court on the left. 

April 13        
Irish Hills –
Brushing on Wednesday and Ocean View trails.  Meet in the south corner of the Home Depot parking lot off of Froom Ranch Way.

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
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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