Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo: 156 Great Hikes

Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo: 156 Great Hikes

by Robert Stone (2)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573420709
Publisher: Day Hike Books, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2015
Series: Day Hikes Series
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 633,379
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Since 1991, Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. He is a Los Angeles Times Best Selling Author and an award-winning journalist of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, the Outdoor Writers Association of California, the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association, the Bay Area Travel Writers, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Robert resides summers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and winters on the California Central Coast.

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from hike 80. Point Buchon Trail
The stretch of land between Montaña de Oro State Park and Port San Luis is known as the Diablo Canyon land. The area covers 9,000 acres and extends about 1.5 miles inland to the peaks of the Irish Hills. The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, the largest power plant in California, occupies the land. It began operating in  986 amid decades of controversy and demonstrations. The land was off limits to the public for many decades, but a hiking trail along the amazing coast is now accessible from the south end of Pecho Valley Road in Montaña de Oro State Park.
Along the undeveloped stretch of land are 14 miles of pristine coastline known as the Pecho Coast. The pristine shoreline remains wild and undeveloped. The Diablo Canyon land, surrounded by 1 2,000 acres of rolling hills, is still a working cattle ranch with grazing cows, sheep, and goats. The stunning natural landscape has changed very little since it was occupied by the Chumash Indians more than a thousand years ago.
The Point Buchon Trail makes a loop around Point Buchon at the southern boundary of Montaña de Oro, then leads three miles south along the rocky coast. The trail traverses the undulating grassy bluffs while overlooking the serrated shoreline, offshore pinnacles, and water-sculpted cliff formations.

Table of Contents

(1) About the hikes, overall map with hike locations (2) South end of Big Sur (3) Silver Peak Wilderness (4) Upper San Luis Obispo Coastal Hikes: San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos (5) Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (6) Pinnacles National Monument (7) Upper San Luis Obispo County Inland Hikes: Paso Robles to Atascadero (8) Morro Bay, Baywood Park, Los Osos (9) Morro Bay State Park (10) Montana de Oro State Park (11) City of San Luis Obispo (12) Santa Margarita Lake (13) Lopez Lake, Hi Mountain Road (14) Lower San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo Bay communities (15) West Santa Barbara County: Point Sal to Point Conception (16) Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area (17) Carrizo Plain National Monument (18) Index

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