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.
Distance-1.4 mile round trip
Trailhead Location-At the intersection of Charolais and South River Road
This is a paved trail that takes you along Charolais Road and then by the south end of Riverbank housing tract and goes to the Salinas River.
Salinas River Trail at Lawrence Moore Park
Distance-3 mile round trip
Hiking Difficulty- easy
Trailhead Location-From Niblick Rd. turn south on S. River Road for 0.3 miles-turn right onto Riverbank Lane for 0.3 miles to Lawrence Moore Park at 155 Riverbank Lane for the trailhead.
The trail follows along the Salinas River with views of the rolling hills dotted with oak trees and natural flora .
Centennial Park Trail
Distance-1.8 mile round trip
Trailhead Location-Take the Spring St.exit from Highway 101 and go right on Niblick Rd. (east) and drive 1.2 miles-turn left onto Melody Dr. for 0.4 miles-turn left onto Lana St. and go to the end of the road to the trailhead.
The trail starts on Lana St. and goes through Centennial Park, a 16 acre park. It is an easy paved trail that winds through oak trees and a stream for a peaceful walk.
Water Tank Loop
Distance-1.75 mile loop
Trailhead Location-Take Golden Hills Road from Union Road and go south and turn right on Vista Colina and right on Vista Cerro, the trail is at the curve in the road next to 969 Vista Cerro Rd.
A paved path that follows along or near the road going through neighborhoods. Good for a stretch of the legs through town, if you just want to get out for a walk.
Barney Schwartz Park Trail
Distance-.88 miles round trip
Trailhead Location-From Highway 101 go east on Highway 46 for 2 miles to Union Road- turn right onto Union Rd.and make an almost immediate left at the first road (which is where Union Road makes a turn) to 2970 Union Rd. - Barney Schwartz Park
Barney Schwartz Park is on 40 acres surrounded by oak dotted hills and has a lake with ducks, geese and fishing. A paved path winds through the park for a pleasant stroll.
Stoney Creek Trail
Distance-1 mile round trip
Trailhead Location-from Niblick Rd. and S. River Rd. go south on S. River Rd. for 0.6 miles- turn left onto Charolais Rd for 0.9 miles-turn left onto Rambouillet Rd. for 0.2 miles to the trail on the left just past St. Ann Dr.
The trail winds through a canyon filled with oak trees and meadows. Several access points to this trail within the city.
Navajo to Larry Moore Park Trail
Distance-1.2 mile round trip
Trailhead Location-From Niblick Rd. and S. River Rd. go north on S. River Rd.for 0.2 miles-turn left on Navajo Ave. for 0.1 miles The trail is where the street makes a turn to the right, go through the gate next to the apartment building.
The trail is part of the Salinas Walk and follows by the Salinas River to Larry Moore Park.
Rambouillet Snead Trail
Distance-.2.6 mile round trip
Trailhead Location-From S. River Rd. take Niblick Rd. going east for 0.6 miles-turn right onto Rambouillet Rd. for 0.5miles-turn right on Snead Rd. for 0.1 miles to trailhead on the left.
The trail meanders through the canyon with oak grove, meadows and a stream. There are several access points to
this trail within the city.
River Walk Trail
Distance-1.07 mile round trip
Trail Location-intersection of 13th St. and Union Road
A paved path following the Salinas River to Larry Moore Park.
Turtle Creek Loop Trail
Distance-.92 mile loop
Trailhead Location-at Turtle Creek Park on Brookhill Rd. off of Airport Rd.
A paved path that makes a loop around Turtle Creek Park a small park.
Sherwood Forest Loop
Trailhead Location-270 Scott Street-from Niblick Rd. and Creston Rd. take Creston Rd. south for 0.5 miles-turn left onto Scott St. to Oak Creek Park and the trail.
A trail that makes a loop around this small park.
Shoreline Trail-Lake Naciemento
Distance-4.6 miles round trip
Trailhead Location-Head west on 24th Street in Paso Robles and go 16 miles to the Lake Nacimiento Dam (24th St. turns into Naciemento Lake Dr.) bear left and go to the entrance station (fee required) Continue .25 miles to the trailhead parking pullout on the left at a vista point.
Start at the trail sign. The trail is a little tricky to follow and is not marked well, every time the trail goes to the road, walk up the road to where you see the trail again and continue on the trail, eventually the trail takes you away from the road and onto a better marked path. The trail has views overlooking the lake with lots of wildlife of hawks, deer, squirrels and birds. Spotted with oaks and pine trees with some grassy countryside. The Naciemento lake is an 16 mile long lake.
Quail Roost's Trail
Distance-1.5 miles round trip
Trailhead Location-Head west on 24th Street in Paso Robles and go 16 miles to the Lake Nacimiento Dam (24th St. turns into Naciemento Lake Dr.), bear left and go to the entrance station (fee required) Continue 0.8 miles to the boat launch parking lot and park at the east end which is the farthest from the water. Walk across the park road to the restricted parking lot and to the trailhead.
The trail weaves through oaks and pine tree and has beautiful views of Lake Naciemento.