Bishop Peak Trail
ElevationAscent: 830' 253 m
Descent: -44' -13 m
High: 1,393' 424 m
Low: 607' 185 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“Head to the Highland Avenue trailhead for this classic San Luis Obispo run.”— Greg Belgum
The trail continues along the south side of the mountain before you arrive at the switchbacks on the south-west face of the mountain. After 8 or 9 switchbacks you'll arrive at a bench near the summit. From the bench you can scramble up a tall rock to the right for views of the city. If you continue to the left the trail is much less maintained with scrambling necessary. This is an out and back so just head back the way you came.
Little known fact: the mountain is commonly referred to as Bishop's Peak but is actually pronounced Bishop Peak. The summit of the mountain has three distinct points that resemble a Bishop Hat.
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Land Manager: City of San Luis Obispo