Bishop Peak

Bishop Peak


The trail up to the 1400 foot Bishop Peak may be the most popular hiking trail in San Luis Obispo County. Bishop Peak is one of the Nine Sisters, also known as the Morros, a series of ancient, extinct volcanic mountains that run from Morro Bay and extend into the city of San Luis Obispo. In fact, Morro Rock is part of the same chain. Bishop Peak got its name from San Luis Obispo Mission padres who thought that the peak, with its three points resembled a bishop’s miter.

Round trip, the rather strenuous hike on the dirt path is about 3 miles and should take about 1 ½ hours to complete. Be sure to take water because it tends to get hot climbing up the steep mountain trail. Be careful on the rocks, too, because Bishop’s Peak is subject to wind gusts and there have been careless hikers who have fallen from the summit. The views from the top are spectacular. Bring your dog, too. Dogs are allowed on the trail up to Bishop Peak.

Directions to the trailhead: From San Luis Obispo, go west toward Los Osos on Foothill Blvd., then make a right at Patricia Drive. Go straight ¼ mile after you pass the stop sign at Highland Drive. On the left, you’ll see three black posts blocking an open driveway. There will be a sign “TRAIL” marking the entrance. Park on the west side, the Bishop Peak side, away from area homes.




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