Bishop Peak
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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Leila A
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We started the trail at Brittany Circle. It's an intermediate trail as you get closer to the top with the winding trail and the large rocks. Going down was a lot more challenging than going up and since I and my husband don't usually hike, we took our time. I'm not sure if others had this experience but going down, it was more difficult to spot the trail and one of our friends tripped on loose rock and got some scrapes.
Written April 15, 2023
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KarenEph320
Pismo Beach, CA247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 coast150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CA20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, TN315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Anna R
Lacey, WA293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Worth the sweat it takes to make the climb. Great view . Start out early to beat the heat and take your water, sunblock, and hat!
Written June 15, 2019
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RandRCalifornia
Santa Clarita, CA695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Boy did I sleep well after this hike! I am not an avid hiker but I do walk/run almost every day and while i thought the hike up was not too too strenuous, I was physically exhausted that night. It's a very well travelled trail that switchbacks up the mountain so you don't notice the steepness as much. There are stable rocks to help you climb up the steeper parts - almost like stairs. At the top is a bench that states "trail's end" but many people navigate the last big boulders to get to the tippy top of the rock. Some people bring food or cameras and just hang out. I too went up - and it was not that easy for a scaredy cat like me. Once you're up - the views are beautiful but then you realize... I have to get back down. That made me more nervous. The last boulder is not part of the official trail for safety reasons I'm sure but plenty of people do it and it's not too too crazy if you try it. Bring water! It gets cooler and windier the higher you climb and there are patches of shade but overall you will be exposed to the sun a long while. Great workout - it took us about 2.5 hours roundtrip including spending about 15 minutes on top of the peak.
Written June 1, 2019
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