Trails

San Luis Obispo County and the entire Central Coast have many scenic trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. We are including maps to some of our favorite locations. Please enjoy and respect the trails to preserve them for the future visitors.

Trail Partners with SLOPOST

Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB)

CCCMB’s mission is to expand the network of sustainable and enjoyable multi-use trails in SLO County and to maintain the trails currently in use. CCCMB does this by working cooperatively with all trail users (equestrians, hikers, trail runners, etc.) and with California State Parks, National Forest Service, and San Luis Obispo City and County in designing and building new trails and in maintaining existing ones.

CCCMB encourages trail etiquette to help prevent trail erosion, reduce user conflicts and ensure trail access. We focus our efforts on trail development and maintenance by recruiting and educating volunteers, training crew leaders in the sophisticated art of trail design and maintenance; and working cooperatively with public land managers.

CCCMB
440 D Street
Cayucos,CA 93430
Email: gmbett@charter.net
www.3cmb.org

Trail Maps

Irish Hills Natural Reserve
Irish Hills Natural Reserve is a geographically discrete 720-acre riding area, yet it contains over 8 miles of trails. Many loops are possible on mostly single-track trails. The rocky, serpentine landscape contains chaparral, oak, grasslands, and riparian habitats. The area’s wandering distribution of double-track attests to its mining history and also serves as a link between the single-track sections.
Lopez Lake
The predominately sandy trails of Lopez Lake wind around the Wittenberg Arm of the lake. The gentle roller coaster single-track curves through the campground, emerging to skirt the water’s edge, and finally climbs to the top of the ridge for a panoramic view west to the Pacific Ocean.
Montaña de Oro State Park
Trails in Montaña de Oro State Park offer bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians varied terrain with beautiful ocean and canyon views. Mountain bike trails range from flat and wide to technical single-track. The Bluff Trail, Islay Creek Road, and Hazard Canyon Road require the least amount of bike handling experience and physical fitness. East Boundary, Ridge, Hazard Peak, Barranca, and Manzanita Trails are generally considered intermediate and advanced trails.
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay State Park is divided by S. Bay Blvd. The relatively smaller area west of S. Bay Blvd is known as Black Hill. The larger area to the east is commonly referred to as Cerro Cabrillo. Both riding areas cater to cross country riding and feature extensive single-track. There are some moderately steep climbs, although they are typically short, as the the highest point in the park (Black Hill summit) is only at 661 feet of elevation. Most of the trails wind through coastal sage scrub and native grasslands, with occasional groves of coastal live oak, pine, and eucalyptus. The park surrounds the Morro Estuary Natural Preserve, which provides a haven for many bird species.
Santa Margarita Lake
Santa Margarita Lake Regional Park is a nature lovers retreat. With thousands of acres of unspoiled open space, the park is home to countless species of plants and wildlife making it the perfect location for exploring nature on the vast trail system. All trails are shared use trails and offer some breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains and rock formations. There are two areas to access the trails, the main entrance on Lake Road and the River Road entrance off Pozo Rd. 8 miles southeast of the Lake Road. Both areas require a day use fee. The Lake office number is (805) 788-2415 for further questions.
West Cuesta Ridge
Trails in the West Cuesta Ridge area vary from dirt roads to rocky, technical single-track. The majority of this coastal chaparral riding area is in the Los Padres National Forest. However, trails also cross through lands owned by the City of San Luis Obispo, the Land Conservancy of SLO County, and California Polytechnic State University. Trail conditions vary widely in each parcel of land, but typically feature abundant single-track, hairpin turns, shallow water crossings, as well as the occasional small herd of cattle in the lower areas. The upper ridge trails offer panoramic views of the entire county extending to the ocean.