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Spectacular 360 view

I hike the Cerro San Luis all of the time. My family loves to take a small picnic to the top and... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Leslie M
San Luis Obispo, California
Beautiful views

Wide trail, easy to follow with gorgeous panoramic views. Took us about 2.5 hours with time to stop... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
New Jersey
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Located in the center of the city this peak rises more than 1,292 feet and is marked by a big "M", for Mission School, etched in its side. Once privately owned, the city eventually acquired 75 acres around the base of the mountain which is now open to the public for hiking, biking and sightseeing.
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San Luis Obispo, CA
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

I hike the Cerro San Luis all of the time. My family loves to take a small picnic to the top and really enjoy the experience. You can see Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, all over San Luis Obispo - it is breathtaking!

Thank Leslie M
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Wide trail, easy to follow with gorgeous panoramic views. Took us about 2.5 hours with time to stop to take pictures. We did not climb all the way up the rocks at the end but didn't feel we needed to since the views right below...More

Thank BarbaraAndPaul
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Hosted on this hike by a local, who thankfully knew the trails. Parked on a side street with trail access and hiked up; a Christmas tree formed by strings of lights graced the top, (powered by a generator, which was a little noisy but forgivable)....More

Thank VespagirL55
Reviewed 2 January 2015

Having previously hiked Bishop Peak (a very nice hike on its own), we wanted to do this one to see how the views and hike compared. While Cerro is a longer hike and there is more elevation change, it is an easier hike than Bishop....More

4  Thank Douglas C
Reviewed 22 April 2014

So the name is officially Cerro San Luis, but everyone calls it Madonna Mountain, and why not since they own it? By their generosity, the public has access to excellent trails--really roads--to hike to the top of this lovely peak in the middle of San...More

2  Thank CalifJanet
Reviewed 11 May 2013

Fairly long hike with a decent amount of elevation climb. Great views from the highest peak in SLO County make the reward!!!

Thank Thomas A
Reviewed 26 January 2013

Great views of downtown San Luis Obispo once you reach the Lemon Orchard where a spring once irrigated someone's private/public orchard. The "M" on the mountain was put up in the late 60s by students from Mission High School below. (Now Mission College Prep) Every...More

Thank SLOnative
Reviewed 13 December 2012

Not too strenous. Easy access and easy to find. You don't actually go to the top of the hill on the hike but it is enough of a walk to let you know you did something.

Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed 20 September 2012

I have been up Cerro San Luis' sister, Bishop Peak, a couple of times before. This visit marked my first hike up Cerro, which did not disappoint. The trail was a bit wider and easier to navigate all the way up to the top. Just...More

1  Thank MochaJavalanche
Reviewed 20 August 2012

This mountai is a local treasure. It provides a good cardiovascular work-out and rewards with a fabulous view of the City of San Luis Obispo

2  Thank Diane B
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