Hydrate and Enjoy the Hike


Yenssi Ramos

From the small town of Guadalupe to San Luis Obispo, there are some trails and hikes that can be fun for you.

Starting off from Guadalupe, the Point Sal Trail is a 7 mile trial to the beach from the parking lot. According to the California Parks and Recreation, “Recreational activities at Point Sal SB include fishing, beach combing, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking and sunbathing.  Because of the extremely dangerous rip currents, occasional shark sightings, and the absence of Lifeguard service, swimming is not recommended.”


Mr. Cody King, the head of the Physical Education department,  explains: “The hike to the lookout isn’t too tough but the steep hike down to the beach can be challenging and it is a lot farther than it looks like.”  Mr. King goes on many hikes and other physical adventures throughout our area, he believes that “ the scenic view is one of the best on the Central Coast.” His favorite hiking partners are his dogs. “Point Sal is my favorite hike because it is not a busy trail and it is good for the dogs to be off leash,” he said.


Going North there is the Ontario Ridge Trail, also known as the Avila Ridge Trail, is home to “the rugged single-track is steep and rutted in areas, and level in others – delivering an arduous ascent. The east end of the ridge is close to Highway 101, which can be seen to the north, crossing Avila Valley toward San Luis Obispo, and to the south, passing behind Shell Beach and the other beach cities.” Hikespeak goes on to state that “The freeway disappears as you continue, being replaced by sweeping coastal views.To the southeast, one can see clear across Pismo Beach toward the Guadalupe Dunes and Point Sal.“


Passing the Ontario Ridge Trail there is the Bob Jones Trail which is a bike and dog friendly. It’s a 5-mile round trip which was named after a local environmental activist. As a sign at the start of the trail explains: “Bob Jones was an environmental pioneer. He had a lifelong interest in protecting natural habitat and the environment. He worked for the Department of Fish and Game for 23 years. Jones co-founded the environmental firm Jones and Stokes in 1970. In 1983 he retired to Avila Valley. Bob served as President of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County from 1987 – 1989. Bob was instrumental in the restoration and protection of the San Luis Obispo Creek until his death in 1994. The trail honors a man with a vision who listened to, encouraged, and inspired others.”


Bishop Peak Trail is found in San Luis Obispo on East Foothill Blvd.”The single-track trail to the 1,559-foot summit is demanding and rewarding – a truly excellent hike.” Hikespeak states, there are three different ways up the mountain where one is a steep dirt road, then there is another trail head on “Patricia Drive offers a slightly longer hike up Bishop Peak that is 4.2 miles round trip with 1,175 feet of elevation change” also a “pick up the trail on the left side of the cul-de-sac at the end of Highland Drive, and begin hiking along the left side of a wooden fence.”


There are plenty more hikes and trails along the Central Coast which fit many needs of the people exercising. Be safe while exercising- stretch, hydrate, wear appropriate shoes, and bring a flashlight when intending to stay after sunset.