Hike Bowden Ranch Trail

    3.4 miles 1279 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Elena Pearson

    Very popular hike in SLO!

    This short but intense hike on the north east side of San Luis Obispo, offers an amazing view of the town. This hike is roughly 3 miles with 1300 ft of elevation gain. It provides a great cardio workout!  It is also a very popular spot to hike but is less crowded than Bishop Peak. It's a dog friendly trail, but must be on leash.

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    🥇Top Contributor

    about 1 month ago

    Great views

    Trail gives you great views of the town below. Short but steep hike.

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