360 degree views. Duration: About 1 hour. Quick and simulating Hike. Approximately 3 miles Roundtrip Hike. Great Climbing at the top.

Bishop's Peak is one of the most frequented hikes of the San Luis Obispo Area. With a 950ft elevation gain in an estimated 3 mile trek, the summit's peak rests at 1,559 feet. The hike is both demanding and rewarding - the panoramic views at the top of the nearby volcanic morros and San Luis Obispo City give breathtaking answers to those who seek its reward.

Bishop's Peak has the highest summit of the Nine Sisters. It is also a local hub for climbers. The massive boulders at the top provide climbers with anchor points. A great climbing opportunity for those who seek out a little more thrill from the peak.

For a rewarding beer and some great food afterwards, head to Morro Bay (Estimated 10-15 minute Drive) and checkout any of the Restaurants on Embarcadero (Morro Bay, CA 93442). You can enjoy your reward while you sit on the beautiful bay with stunning views of Morro Bay Rock.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots / comfortable Shoes
  • Water (no access to a water source on the hike)
  • Backpack
  • Camera (don't miss out on some great views and memories)
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Activities Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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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 Hike, Beautiful Views

Started up the hike about mid-morning from the Patricia Drive trailhead (there are three main trailheads that all meet eventually on the way up). Had a great climb up, although it got hot pretty quick since there are few covered areas on the hike, so definitely bring water. Getting from the top of the trail to the actual top requires some beginner climbing/scrambling up and around some large boulders. It's easier than it looks (it can seem daunting to newcomers), but the views are more than worth the extra effort. Once at the top we had beautiful clear views all around, and a great cooling breeze coming up over the mountain top. There's usually a bowl sitting near the top for dogs if you brought one, although filing it is usually up to you. The hike back down was a bit quicker and the shady part on the north side was a welcome respite from the sun as we worked our way around.

Perfect Day For A Hike

Set off from the trailhead under foggy and muddy conditions. The climb was a beast and my older dog needed some help scrambling over boulders on the way up. I logged 1.83 miles to the summit which was amazing. Fog rollin in from Morrow Bay and views almost to Pismo. The locals love this place - thanks for sharing!


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