Atascadero Hiking trails

Atascadero Hiking Trails 

The northern inland part of San Luis Obispo County, this area has scenic hills covered in oaks, rivers, rolling hills and panaramic views of the countryside. Here is a guide to find hiking trails in this beautiful area.

Stadium Park Trail

Distance-.42 miles

Hike Difficulty-easy

Dogs-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location- From El Camino Real head east onto Highway 41 (Morro Rd.) and turn left at Capistrano Ave., staying on Capistrano (Capistrano Ave. makes a right turn right just before the bridge) turn right at Hospital drive, there is parking under the bridge

A 26 acre park hidden away but close to downtown with a forest of blue oaks and several other trails in the park.

Atascadero Hiking Trails

Atascadero Hiking Trails

Pine Mountain Loop Trail

Distance-.82

Hike difficulty-moderate to strenuous

Dogs-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-From El Camino Real head east onto Highway 41 (Morro Rd.) and turn left at Capistrano Ave.staying on Capistrano, (Capistrano Ave. makes a right turn right just before the bridge) turn right at Hospital drive there is a parking area under the bridge

Take the trail that starts by the left of the kiosk sign showing information about Stadium Park. Trail takes you to the top of pine Mountain with a scenic panaramic view of Salinas River Valley from Santa Margarita to Paso Robles.

 

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Blue Oak Trail

Distance .5 miles

Hike difficulty-moderate

Dogs-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-From El Camino Real head east onto Highway 41 (Morro Rd.) and turn left at Capistrano Ave.,staying on Capistrano (Capistrano Ave. makes a right turn right just before the bridge) turn right at Hospital drive there is a parking are under the bridge

Start out on Stadium Park Trail and it continues onto Blue Oak Trail. The trail takes you through Stadium Park with lots of blue oak trees that have spanish moss hanging in the trees for a beautiful scenic hike.

 

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Jim Green Trail

Distance-1.7 mile loop trail

Hike difficulty-moderate to strenuous

Dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead location-From El Camino Real drive east .08 miles on Curbarail Ave-turn left on Cortez Ave. and drive .03 miles to the end of the street for the trailhead.

Mountain views of 3 mountain ranges from the summit top and a view of Chalk Mountian golf course. No trailhead sign.

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Atascadero Lake Park Trail

Distance 1.19 mile loop around the lake

Hike difficulty-easy, flat

dogs-bikes-allowed

Trailhead location-9100 Morro Rd. at Atascadero Lake Park

The Atascadero Lake Park is on 35 acres and has a path that loops around a beautiful lake making for a pleasant easy walk.

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North Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

Distance-5.8 mile round trip

Hike Difficulty-easy

dogs--horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-4535 Sycamore Road

From El Camino Real go east on Curbarail Ave. for 1.2 miles-Curbarail Ave. turns slighly and becomes Sycamore Rd.-continue for 1.6 miles to parking and the trailhead.

The trail follows the banks of the Salinas River with cottonwoods, sycamores, oaks and willows.

 

Atascadero Hiking Trails

South Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

Distance-2.2 mile round trip

Hike Difficulty-easy

Dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-From El Camino Real go east on Curbarail Ave. for 1 mile-turn right onto Gabarda Rd. and drive to the end of the road by the water treatment center. Trailhead sign is on the left.

The trail follows a portion of the oirginal 1200 mile route from Sonora, Mexico to Alta, Calif. led by Juan bautista de Anza in 1776. Plenty of parking. The first little bit of the trail might smell a little from the treatment plant but you get away from that real fast. Lots of hiking area that is flat and grassy with trees and trails go to the river.

 

Atascadero Hiking Trails

Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

Mutual Water Company Trail

Distance-1 mile

Hike Difficulty-easy

Dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-From El Camino Real take Curbarail Av. east for 1.2 miles-Curbarail Ave. turns slightly left and becomes Sycamore Rd, continue for 0.6 miles to parking and the trailhead on the right.

The trail wanders down in and around the Salinas riverbed. A great place for horseback riding and dogs too. 

Atascadero Hiking Trails

Atascadero Hiking Trails

Juan Bautista de Anza Estates Trail

Distance .85 miles

Hike Difficulty-easy

Dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-1405 N. Ferrocarril Rd.

From Del Rio Rd. and El Camino Real take El Camino Real for 1.2 miles-turn right onto Ferrocaril Rd. for 0.4 miles and park at the equestrian parking area next to the trailhead. 

A very easy walk that is flat going along the Salinas River. Some great views.

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Rocky Canyon Trail

Distance-1 mile round trip (from trailhead)

Hike Difficulty-moderate to strenuous

Dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-From El Camino Real and Santa Barbara Rd. go east on Santa Barbara Rd for 0.1 miles-turn left on Viejo Camino for 0.2 miles-turn right onto Halcon Rd. for 1.1 miles to Rocky Canyon Road and park in the dirt area. (private road-have to walk up to trailhead which is 1 mile). Walk up Rocky Canyon Road past the rock quarry to the trailhead.

Beautiful views at the summit top. The trail connects to the other side of Rocky Canyon Road (a dirt road, Rocky Canyon Road does not go all the way through)) that goes to Highway 229 in Creston so you can continue on the road all the way to Creston for an 3.5 mile hike one way.

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Las Lomas Trail (north & south)

Distance-North .5 miles  South .8 miles

Hike Difficulty-moderate

Dogs-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-South trail From El Camino Real and Santa Barbara Rd, head east on Santa Barbara Rd for 0.4 miles, left on Alondra Rd. for 0.1 miles to the Trailhead on left side on road, no sign.

North trail From El Camino Real and Santa Barbara Road head east on Santa Barbara Rd.for 0.1 miles, turn left on Viejo Camino for 0.2 miles-turn right onto Halcon Rd. for 0.3 miles to the stop sign and the trail is at the corner of Halcon and Calle Milano where there is a plaque with the trail name.

The trail winds through scenic hillsides traversing around a residential neighborhood covered with oaks, pines and grass. A 360 panaramic view from the south trail overlooks the Salinas River Valley.  No trailhead sign on south trail.

 

 

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(North Tail)

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(South Trail)

Cerro Alto Short and Long Trail

Distance-short trail 5.1 miles round trip

Distance-long trail 7.1 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-moderate

dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Fee-day use fee for campground

Trailhead Location-Turn into Cerro Alto Campground from Highway 41, 12 miles west of Atascadero and 8 miles east of Morro Bay. Turn into campground and go 1 mile to day use parking.

Two seperate trails leave from the campground going up through a forest and into chaparal covered canyons. Amazing views from the summit.

 

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Three Bridges Oak Preserve Trails

Distance-3 miles

Hiking Difficulty-moderate

Dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-going west on Highway 41 (Morro Rd) from Atascadero turn right onto San Gabriel Rd for 0.5 miles-turn left onto Monita Rd. for 0.2 miles-turn right onto Sierra Vista Rd-turn left onto Andrita Rd. for 0.2 miles continuing onto Casanova Ave. for 0.7 miles-continue onto Carmelita Ave. for 0.2 miles to the trailhead. There are 4 signs helping to guide you along the streets tot he parking lot.

The Three Bridges Oak Preserve is 103 acres acquired by the Atascadero Land Preservation Society who developed trails on the property. The trail starts from the parking lot  (see map) with the trail going under Highway 41 into the preserve. The trails built are Meadow Trail, Oak Savannah Loop Trail, Lookout Trail and Madrone Trail. The preserve will only be open during low to no flow of Atascadero Creek typically April through October.

Atascadero Hiking Trails