Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo now includes over 150 day hikes throughout the coastal county. This greatly expanded third edition is easily the most comprehensive hiking guide in the area. The trails take the hiker along the scalloped Pacific coastline to secluded coves and tide pools, to rocky promontories along the chain of volcanic morros, through wetland sanctuaries, across massive sand dunes, and up cool interior canyons. Highlights include waterfalls, bluffs, long stretches of beach, lighthouses, lakes, rivers, swimming holes, extraordinary rock formations, and panoramic views that span from the inland mountains to the ocean. Many hikes are found in or near San Luis Obispo, although most hikes are located in undeveloped tracts of land and along 100 miles of coastline. A range of hikes is included, from easy coastal walks to high elevation climbs.
Statistics, accurate driving and hiking directions, and numerous maps make these hiking adventures stress free. Dog admission information is included as well as an index.
Companion guides include Day Hikes On the Central California Coast, Day Hikes Around Big Sur, and Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara.
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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