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Discovery Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 272' 83 m
Descent: -233' -71 m
High: 561' 171 m
Low: 296' 90 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Jeff Stallman

Interactive botanical trail with educational signs along the way.

Jeff Stallman

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Access is from the El Chorro Regional Park Botanical Garden.

Need to Know

Trail is not continuously maintained but well defined. Adjacent plants may partially overhang the trail in many places.

Parking is free on weekdays and $3 on weekends. Restrooms at the main park.

Description

This trail begins from the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Runners start under a semi-circle wooden pergola where they can learn all about how to better protect your home from wildfires through defensible space and plant choices. The early portion of the trail is designed for families with little ones as the trail is wide, well graded and defined.

This portion of the trail turns into a short wide singletrack dirt trail which ends at an interactive sundial. The sundial has a person stand in the center with hands together over their head to show what time it is; accurate times confirmed against a cell phone clock.

The remainder of the trail is a well defined dirt singletrack and far less maintained; trail adjacent plants can be overgrown. There are more informational signs along this portion of the trail. The trails discuss the area history and fauna.

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