Hiking & Outdoor Learning

Camp Fire's Community Hikes are led by Wes Armstrong, Club Leader, Board Member, and outdoor enthusiast. His knowledge of local history, geology, botany --and so much more-- make this a fun and enriching experience for hikers of all ages. If possible, please RSVP to wesarmdds@gmail.com or 805-459-3660; but last minute hikers are always welcome!

Schedule Snapshot:
January 13    #93    Froom Canyon Loop
January 27    #78    Coon Creek
February 10    #57    Quarry & Park Ridge Loop
February 27    #89    Quarry & Park Ridge Loop
March 10    #90    Cerro San Luis Obispo
March 24    #88    Bishop Peak
April 7    #87    Felsman Loop
April 21    #98    Terrace Hill Open Space

All hikes are Sundays. Meet at 12:15.  Begin at 12:30.

Optional Items to Bring: Small, lightweight backpack ♦ water ♦ snacks ♦ map ♦ compass ♦ first aid kit ♦ sweater/jacket ♦ hiking stick/trekking poles ♦ hat ♦ sunscreen ♦ flashlight ♦ tissue ♦ pen & paper ♦ camera ♦ pocket knife ♦ magnifying glass

Camp Fire club members who attend three hikes will earn a special hike emblem.

IMPORTANT: Closed toed shoes are required for all hikes. Parents, please use your discretion regarding age and ability suitability for your children.
 
Hike numbers and details are taken from this book: Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo, 156 Great Hikes by Robert Stone, 3rd Edition. (Copy at Camp Fire Office for reference.) This excellent resource contains detailed descriptions, maps, etc. You may wish to obtain a personal copy of the book at http://www.amazon.com/Day-Hikes-Around-Luis-Obispo/dp/1573420700.

 

 

Additional Hike Details 

 



January 13


#93 Froom Canyon Loop [Irish Hills Natural Reserve]


Distance: 4 miles round trip.  Duration: 2 hours.  Directions: From 101 and Los Osos Valley Road in SLO, drive 0.9 miles northwest on LOVR to Madonna Road. Turn left (west) and continue a quarter mile to roundabout at DeVaul Ranch Drive. Gated trailhead is just left of intersection. Park along curb. Description: This hike climbs through oak woodlands to a ridge on south half of the reserve, with sweeping views. En route, hike descends into steep-walled Froom Canyon. Prefumo Creek and Froom Creek flowing through the reserve are perennial tributary streams of San Luis Obispo Creek.

 



January 27


#78 Coon Creek  [Montana De Oro State Park]


Distance: 5 miles round trip. Duration: 2.5 hours. Directions: From intersection of Los Osos Valley Road and South Bay Drive in Los Osos, drive 2.5 miles southwest on LOVR (becomes Pecho Valley Road) to Montana de Oro State Park entrance sign. Continue 3.9 miles to trailhead parking on left at the end of the road (1.2 miles past visitor center.) Description: Trail heads up canyon alongside winding watercourse of the perennial stream, crosses six bridges over the creek through shade of a lush riparian corridor. Willows, maples, cottonwoods, coast live oaks, cedars and cypress growing the canyon with lace lichen hanging from the branches.

 



February 10


#57 Quarry & Park Ridge Loop


Distance: 2.5 mile loop. Duration: 1 hour. Directions: From 101 take LOVR exit and head 9.6 miles west to South Bay Boulevard. Turn right (north) and continue 2.6 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the right. Description: Beginning at the foot of Cerro Cabrillo, a double-peaked ridge in the Morros Chain, the hike skirts the southern flank, past rubble piles of the old quarry and along an old farm road across grasslands, rolling hills, and a small bridge. From the end of the trail are sweeping vistas from Chorro Valley to Cuesta Ridge.

 



February 24


#89 Lemon Grove Loop [Cerro San Luis Obispo Natural Reserve]


Distance: 2.2 mile loop.  Duration: 1.0 hour.  Directions: From 101, exit Marsh street, and cross Marsh/Higuera intersection. Double back and continue on Higuera to Highway 101 South on-ramp. Just before entering freeway, turn right onto Fernandez Road (a dirt road) and into the trailhead parking area on right. Description: The prominent 1292 foot volcanic landmark overlooks the city and Santa Lucia Mountains. The hike traverses east slope of mountain, following contours of the foothill en route to abandoned lemon grove that still survives on north end of the open space.  

 



March 10


#90 Cerro San Luis Obispo


Distance: 3 miles round trip.  Duration: 2.0 hours.  Directions: (Trailhead location is the same as Hike #89, above.) Description: Cerro San Luis Obispo is eighth of nine volcanic peaks that form a ridge between cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. (Little known fact: Although the hike crosses Madonna family private property, the “M” on the face of the mountain stands for Mission School.) Cross a seasonal creek and wind up the west flank to see sweeping vista views extend across Laguna Lake, Bishop Peak, mountains, and the chain of morros.

 



March 24


#88 Bishop Peak


Distance: 4.5 miles round trip.  Duration: 2.5 hours.  Directions: Take Foothill Boulevard to Patricia Drive and turn right (north.) Continue 0.3 miles to Highland Drive and turn left. Drive 0.6 miles up to the signed trailhead at the end of the road.  Description: Bishop Peak has three distinctive summits and is the highest in our morro chain. The climb to the rocky peak winds through perennial native grasslands, chaparral, and live oak woodlands. Switchbacks zigzag up the mountain while passing beautiful rock formations. Weave up, over, and around the jumble of boulders to the peak with sweeping views from mountains to coast.   

 



April 7


#87 Felsman Loop [Bishop Peak Natural Reserve]


Distance: 3.2 mile loop.  Duration: 1.5 hours.  Directions: From LOVR take Foothill Boulevard 2.1 miles east to Patricia Drive on the left. Continue 0.7 miles to the signed trailhead on the left. Park alongside the road.  Description: The reserve encompasses 352 acres with live oak woodlands, mixed scrub chaparral, and perennial native grassland on the northwest end of San Luis Obispo. Felsman Loop is an easier hike than #88, traversing the northern flank of the peak. The sinuous path meanders across open pastures and shaded forests, offering views of the city and surrounding hills.    

 



April 21


#98 Terrace Hill Open Space


Distance: 0.8 mile loop.  Duration: 30 minutes.  Directions: From Johnson Avenue, take Bishop Street to the intersection with Augusta Court. Park on Augusta (notice restricted parking areas) The signed Terrace Hill trailhead begins of the road.  Description: This small preserved pocket of nature boasts a terraced plateau that offers unobstructed 360-degree vistas across the city. From the mesa’s grassy flat are views of the South Hills, Islay Hill Orcott Knobb, Cierro San Luis Obispo, and Bishop Peak. The return path skirts around the water tank and passes a rock outcropping to a junction.