Laguna Lake Trail - Laguna Lake Park is about 1.8 miles long and located near San Luis Obispo, California. The trail is great for... more » hiking and normally takes 1 hour or less.
This loop hike lies within the Laguna Lake Open Space portion of Laguna Lake Park in the city of San Luis Obispo. The park also features developed facilities outside of the open space, including picnic areas, a playground, and an off-leash dog park. The open space encompasses 360 of the park’s 375 acres. More information can be found at http://www.slocity.org/parksandrecreation/lagunapark.asp
The route starts from the Laguna Lake Trailhead at the far end of the park’s entrance road. There are restrooms and a small parking lot here. This is also the location of the off-leash dog park, and is heavily used by local pet owners.
There is no sign formally marking the start of the trail, but an obvious path leads northwest away from the parking lot. After a few hundred yards, there is a sign marking the boundary of the open space, and a wooden gate. Just past the gate, go right on an unmarked trail, avoiding the more obvious path that continues straight. This is the Laguna Lake Upper Loop Trail. The trail gradually rises along the south slope of Peak 568’, aiming generally north.
After 0.65 miles from the start, the trail reaches a T-junction near a fence line. Here, we turn left to parallel the fence line. The trail to the right can be used to access Cerro San Luis Obispo, visible to the north. Continue along the fence line, passing a junction with the unsigned Meadow Trail, which leads directly back to the parking lot.
At 1.05 miles from the start, reach another wooden gate. Pass through the gate, and make a sharp left turn to follow another path along a fence line. The trail parallels the shore of Laguna Lake. Upon reaching a parking lot, bear left to stay on the trail and pass through a small eucalyptus grove. Shortly beyond the grove, the trail joins back up with the main trail near its start at the parking lot. less «