San Luis Obispo County, California

Hike the Park Ridge Trail and Quarry

3.5 Miles Total - Loop Trail

Originally added by Talia Touboul

Take in 360 degree stunning views of Morro Bay. There is a network of trails allowing you to turn around or loop back to the trailhead depending on how much of a challenge you're up for.

Park Ridge is a double peaked ridge, elevated at 911ft, which stands next to Cerro Cabrillo, one of the Nine Sisters. The stunning 360* degree views at the top of Morro bay, Los Osos and San Luis Obispo, make this hike worth exploring.

There are two ways to access the top. Ridge Park Trail takes you through old farmland on the southern side. The Quarry takes you through an abandoned quarry site, which was used for construction in 1959. Both are rewarding, and both join in at the beginning of ascension to the peaks. You can also choose to create a loop. Start on either end and take Live Oak Trail to connect back to either starting points.

Starting at the Quarry is recommended for parking. There is plenty and it is free. You will also have access to great climbing through the Quarry. Ridge Park Trail only permits a few cars to park beside the old farm gate. The benefit of Park Ridge is the access is has to many mountain biking trails and scenic routes in the area.

If you feel a little more adventurous after you’ve reached the top, you may choose to cross the ridge. A higher level of mountain hiking experience is recommended, but the trek is worth making. About halfway through you will have to circulate a tree. When you’ve reached two flat rocks, you will know you arrived. Take an afternoon picnic with you and enjoy the scenery.Few chose to continue down to reach your starting point. Off the beaten path is an overstatement, as there really is no defined trail. If you chose to do it, make sure you have pants on, and stay to the northern side (that would be your right when you are coming down). You can also return the way you came, and chose to take the Park Ridge or Quarry trail back.

If you start (or end) at Park Ridge Trail, about .6 mile up, there is a path on your left. It connects to a small hill/peak. It is easily accessed. There you will catch amazing views of the sunset on the bay. Great romantic spot if you're looking to watch the sky change colors.

For great food and drinks afterwards, head to Morro Bay on the Embarcadero (Morro Bay, CA, 93442). You’ll have fabulous views of the Morro Bay Rock . Blue Sky Bistro is recommended for any craving.

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Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Great Day Hike

The hike gets a little steep towards the top, but the view is worth it. Wear good shoes

The crux is not sliding on the way back down the trail and avoiding the poison oak on the summit. Gorgeous views, perfect little hike!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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