Bishop Peak

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

Distance: 3.5 miles

Type: Day-hike; Out-and-back

Rating: Moderate

Dog Friendly?: Yes, on a leash.

Permits & Fees: No permit or fee.

Driving Directions to Trailhead: Click HERE. Note that parking is located along Highland Drive and is very limited.

Preparation: Water and sunscreen!

The Hike:

AllTrails Map – CLICK HERE

After parking along Highland Drive, locate the dirt trail that leads to this sign (this is the start of the trail):

Continue on the trail and follow the signs that read “Bishop Peak”:

The first portion of the hike is completely covered in shade and is fairly flat. Once the trail opens up, the peak comes into view and the real climb begins:

After reaching the green gate, take a sharp left turn to continue on the Bishop Peak trail:

The trail continues by wrapping around the ridge of Bishop Peak, offering incredible views of San Luis Obispo:

The last half mile of the trail includes steep switchbacks all the way up to the peak. The peak is marked by a bench that reads “End of Trail”:

After taking in the beauty of San Luis Obispo, take the same trail back to Highland Drive. Enjoy!