Most of the peak is designated open space with an excellent trail network and stunning views over the surrounding valleys and out to the ocean. From the Patricia Street Trailhead (easily accessible by bus) you can hike directly to the top of the peak (2.2 miles each way and a 1200' elevation gain/loss) or do the more moderate Felsman Loop (2.7 mile loop, 700' elevation gain/loss). Both hikes cross through open grasslands as well as oak forests. The wildflowers in spring are often spectacular. Take a hike!
Bus directions to trailhead: From the SLO downtown Transit Center, take SLO Transit Route #1 north. Get off at Patricia and Highland (about a 10 minute ride). Walk about ½ mile north along Patricia to an obvious trailhead on the left side of the road. For the return trip, return to the same stop and take the bus going in the same direction as the one you took originally. Route #1 runs about once per hour during the days on weekdays. For detailed bus route information and schedules, click here.
Trail map: The local Sierra Club Chapter has a printable trail map and guide to the Bishop Peak area. Click here.
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