Bishop Peak

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Bishop Peak
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Named because it resembles a bishop's hat, the highest peak of the Morros range is heavily used by hikers and bicyclists. The climb to the top will take anywhere from one to two hours depending on your fitness level.
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Jen B
Laguna Beach, CA160 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a well trafficked 4 mi hike, up and back, with 1000+ ft elevation change. Download a map to your phone or GPS before you go because some of the trail near the base is not well marked. Even with the elevation change the trip up is a bit easier than the trip down. Poles would be helpful where the gravel is a bit loose.
Written October 10, 2021
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Simon G
San Francisco, California, United States13 contributions
Dec 2019
2 hours round trip for our family for great views and meeting friendly hikers helping each other up the (optional) rocks at the summit. Not an easy hike but we saw small kids doing well and lots of dogs. The view Is great all the way up and it’s well work the work. No bathrooms so take care of business before.
Written January 20, 2020
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aml888
San Francisco, CA389 contributions
Feb 2020
It's four miles roundtrip, almost exactly, to the top with nearly 1,200' of climbing over those two miles up. This is not an easy hike and the trail gets pretty rocky toward the end but it is definitely doable if you're in reasonably good shape and the views are totally worth it! It took us about 2 hours total. Doggos are welcome - be sure to bring water for them. The trail is very exposed and can get quite warm.
Written March 7, 2020
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KarenEph320
Pismo Beach, CA249 contributions
Dec 2019
I have hiked up to the end of the trail twice and it is a workout with not lots of shade. Go early in the morning and watch the sunrise since there is little shade along the way. Dogs are welcome. At the end of the trail you can scramble up the rock for an even better view. Parking is available on the street next to the trailhead. The beginning of the trail are smaller hills with a bit of forest, but eventually it gets steep and mostly chaparral.
Written November 20, 2020
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chuttipen
central coast160 contributions
Mar 2021
Probably not an ideal family hike, but definitely popular w the college crowd. Views put over the fields are nice, but why not head all the way to the coast instead?

For in town hikes I like the trail just a ways behind the Madonna Inn.
I’m pretty sure if you’re intrepid you could start there and hook up to Bishops peak trail...
Written March 22, 2021
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sam b
8 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
This hike started out very mild with some wooded areas and then gradually gaining elevation as you circumnavigate the mountain. Once on the other side, you take a zigzag trail up the side of the mountain. This is where things start to get steep. In total I spent about 3 hours getting up and back down the mountain. I’m not a fast hiker, but the view was worth it.
Written January 31, 2021
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Melody49
Redwood City, CA22 contributions
May 2020
This is not an easy hike, great views, meet lots of friendly hikers to help an encourge along the way. Bring water as it does get mighty warm,,,esp for four legged hikers.
Plenty of families with kids & dogs, all made it to the top. Well worth the trip, but it is a way up and it does get hot..
Written November 6, 2020
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RMayer
Ashford, CT28 contributions
Take Highland Drive off Patricia Drive and follow it to curbside parking at the culdesac. You'll already be a third of the way up so great vistas will be available to the east and south shortly after you begin your hike. You don't need to go to the top to get a nice overlook of CalPoly, Laguna Lake, and Los Osos Valley. Trees will provide shade during the beginning of the hike, but you'll be on open trail as the path winds around the south side of the peak. After that the only shade will be whatever you can find under rock outcroppings. I consider this a moderate climb, taking about an hour and a half to 2 hours to reach the top, allowing time for frequent rest stops. Once you get to the west side of the hill, a series of switchbacks take you to the top. A couple of memorial benches mark the end of the trail, but the more ambitious amoung us will scramble to the top of the boulders for a more comprehensive view, including Morro Bay. It took me about 45 minutes to get back to the car.

Written October 27, 2006
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DavidLou
Nashville, TN306 contributions
A rapid, youthful hiker may take 45 minutes, but most experienced hikers will still need 1:15 to 1:30 to reach the peak. The effort is well worth it. You'll enjoy wonderful views, vigorous climbs, and several microclimates if you're paying attention. Don't stop at the benches - climb the rocks to the peak for the 360 views, but do exercise caution. The hike downhill was an easy 40 minutes. There are a couple of forks in the path that aren't marked as well as one would hope, but there are plenty of locals on the trail who can clarify the 'real' trail for you.
Written December 14, 2007
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CoachCambria_CA
Cambria, CA59 contributions
I've hiked Bishop Peak several times from all three locations. My favorite starting point is on Patricia Dr nearby Anacapa Cir. Big parking hint: drive up Anacapa Cir all the way to the back and there are several parking spots almost always empty (my favorite place), then walk down to Patricia Dr for the trailhead.

A few minutes into the trail the hikers immediately encounters the steep grade. After passing the water tank the trail goes into a shady forest where the trail becomes less steep. While steadily ascending the trail turns into switchbacks and after about an hour, an old-timer like me (mid-fifties) reaches the peak in an hour. I find the descent to be the same amount of time. I take my time because twisting an ankle (I've seen it happen to a young guy) is a possibility.

I strongly recommend trail shoes that grip much better than running shoes, a pint of water (more if it's hot), a hat for shade, and a towel to wipe away perspiration. A camera for some good shots as you'll see all the way to the Oceano Dunes. Have fun!
Written March 31, 2010
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