Arroyo Grande Hiking Trails

A guide to hiking trails in the Arroyo Grande area. Explore the beautiful mountains, meadow, streams and lake with the mild climate here hiking can be done year round.

Cougar Trail

Distance-3.4 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.3 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) to the Lopez Lake Recreation Area entrance station and park next to the registration office. Parking fee required.

Lopez Lake Recreational Area is a 4,276 acre preserve in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The lake is a reservoir with 22 miles of shoreline with many activities such as boating, fishing,       swimming, waterskiing, hiking and camping. Cougar trail is a trail connecting to 5 campgrounds and has a variety of landscape with shoreline, hills,  forest, and scenic overlooks.

High Ridge Trail

Distance-5 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-moderate

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.3 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) to the Lopez Lake Recreation Area entrance station and park behind the registration office. Take the Turkey Ridge Trail to High Ridge Trail. Parking fee required.

The trail follows a firebreak along the east ridge above Lopez Lake. Picturesque views of the lake and surrounding mountains from the ridge. Fossils in the sedimentary rocks of seashells are scattered along the trail.

 

 

Blackberry Springs Trail

Distance-1.8 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location- From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.3 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) to the Lopez Lake Recreation Area entrance station and park behind the registration office. Take the Turkey Ridge Trail to Blackberry Springs Trail. Parking fee required.

The trail has informational displays describing the natural features of the area. The trail goes through a lush canyon with blackberries, goosseberries, ferns and poison oak. The trail returns on Turkey Ridge trail.

Marina Trail

Distance-1.5 miles

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location- From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.3 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) to the Lopez Lake Recreation Area entrance station, drive 100 yards and turn left into the Valley Oak Picnic Area, turn left and park. Fee required.

Marina Trail goes over a forested 160 foot hill and intersects with the Rocky Point Trail going to the end of a pennisula with a big slab rock overlooking Lopez Lake and the marina.

Duna Vista Trail

Distance 7 mile round trip

Hiking difficulty-moderate

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location- From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.3 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) to the Lopez Lake Recreation Area entrance station and go 1.3 miles up Lopez Dr. and park near the end of the road. Fee required.

Duna Vista summit has fantastic views spaning 360 degrees looking over Lopez Lake and all the way to the ocean. The trail begins by following the shore of the lake on the Wittenburg Arm trail climbing to Duna Point.

 

Little Falls Trail

Distance-1 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.3 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) and turn right on Hi Mountain Rd. located just before the Lopez Lake entrance station and go 0.8 miles-turn left on Upper Lopez Canyon Rd. and go 6.5 miles to the end of the paved road- turn right to stay on Upper Lopez Canyon Rd. for 2.4 miles to the trailhead, crossing over Lopez Creek 8 times and park in the pullout on the left. You need a vehicle with a high clearance to cross the creeks and there is a lot of poison oak around.

Little Falls is a scenic 50 foot waterfall with a round shallow pool at the bottom. It is a canyon that is covered with ferns and moss. The trail goes through a forest of trees following the Little Falls Creek to the waterfall. The trail can be taken farther to Hi Mountain Road.

Big Falls Trail

Distance-3 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location- From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.3 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) and turn right on Hi Mountain Rd. located just before the Lopez Lake entrance station and go 0.8 miles-turn left on Upper Lopez Canyon Rd. and go 6.5 miles to the end of the paved road- turn right to stay on Upper Lopez Canyon Rd. for  3.7 miles to the trail crossing over Lopez Creek 13 times and park in the pullout on the right across from 2 waterfalls on the left. You need a vehicle with high clearance to cross the creeks and there is a lot of poison oak around.

Big Falls has a large pool in a remote area of the Santa Lucia Wilderness. The trail goes through a canyon and past the Lower Big Falls a 40 ft. double waterfall.

 

Hi Mountain Trail

Distance-3.25 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-easy to moderate

dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Ave. exit and continue east on W. Branch St. through the town of Arroyo Grande for 0.8 miles-turn right on Huasna Rd. for 1.6 miles-continue straight onto Lopez Dr. for 8.1 miles (Husana turns into Lopez Rd.) and turn right on Hi Mountain Rd. and go 5.5 miles to the faded sign for trail parking on the left.

The trail in the Los Padres National Forest is shared with horses and bikes. The trail follows a stream through a canyon with several picturesque vistas returning on the unpaved Hi Mountain Road. Watch out for poison oak.

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Clover Ridge Trail

Distance-2 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From W. Branch St. turn into the Oak Park Offices Plaza (next to Oak Park Plaza) and drive to the back corner of the parking lot to the trailhead.

A trail in town with rolling hills dotted with oak tress. Several trailheads are on James Way but the trailhead in the Oak Park Offices parking lot has plenty of parking while there is not parking on James Way.