Just average

I’ve been spoiled by all of the amazing hikes in the South Bay. There are some nice views on these trails, but you always feel like you’re hiking near a road or a neighborhood. Personally I prefer leaving civilization a little more than Arastradero provides.

One of my favorites

I visited with my family in late June- we went early in the morning and it was a bit overcast and foggy, but still- I had never seen anything like it. We took so many pictures that I’d recommend limiting yourself or you might wear yourself out (or worse run out of storage)

classic

It’s the most over-hiked trail in SLO and for good reason. It’s a great workout, is easy to access, and provides a fantastic view at the top. Beware of big (unreasonable) fines for hiking at night, but if you do and you don’t get caught it’s an amazing experience. For the risk-takers, there’s a big rock that jetties out from a cave somewhere at the top, and it makes for an excellent camping spot.

Great place to explore/hang for several hours

Really enjoyed exploring the tidal pools. Look carefully and you’ll see thousands of crabs of all shapes and sizes, heron and other birds hunting for fish, and who knows what else. I’d recommend going down the staircase nearest the Cypress Ave entrance, and going left towards those tidal pools, which are far leas crowded and just as interesting as the ones pinpointed on the map here. I was glad I brought my hammock (above the beach amongst the cypress trees) and a pair of binoculars, and that I was wearing a pair of old sneakers when walking on the rocks.

Enjoyable

This is a very nice hike, you'll be walking amongst trees completely covered in moss. If you're feeling up to it, cross Skyline and hike through Steven's Creek County Park.

Amazing views

Make sure you grab a trail map, while the trails are marked, some intersections are lacking enough signage as to which trails are in which direction. I made a turn not far from the parking lot and ended up at a dead end. I sorta wandered a little past that and luckily the trail picked up again, but I had a hard time deciphering where I was based on the signage. Definitely go to the top of Black Mountain, it's an amazing view.

Beautiful

There are lots of trail intersections so you could spend an hour here or all day. The trails are well maintained, but several of them are more fire road than trail, which was disappointing. The scenic overlooks have amazing and far reaching views. I really wouldn't go out of your way to see the old growth redwood. I love redwoods but don't expect this one take your breath away like those further north. I think if I were to come back here I'd want to start at sunrise or finish at sunset, to get the experience presented in the trail image above.