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Located in the center of the city this peak rises more than 1,292 feet and is marked by a big "M", for Mission School, etched in its side. Once privately owned, the city eventually acquired 75 acres around the base of the mountain which is now open...more
Have been on this mountain many times, and it is always different depending on time of day and year. Many times you may have the fog or clearing skies when you are hiking the trails. Although there are a few spots to park and start...More
The hike up Cerro San Luis (aka Madonna Mountain) often plays second fiddle to the very popular hike up Bishop Peak, but it shouldn’t. Local residents are known to hike CSL almost every week. It’s not quite as high or as steep as Bishop, but...More
I hike the Cerro San Luis all of the time. My family loves to take a small picnic to the top and really enjoy the experience. You can see Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, all over San Luis Obispo - it is breathtaking!
Wide trail, easy to follow with gorgeous panoramic views. Took us about 2.5 hours with time to stop to take pictures. We did not climb all the way up the rocks at the end but didn't feel we needed to since the views right below...More
Hosted on this hike by a local, who thankfully knew the trails. Parked on a side street with trail access and hiked up; a Christmas tree formed by strings of lights graced the top, (powered by a generator, which was a little noisy but forgivable)....More
Having previously hiked Bishop Peak (a very nice hike on its own), we wanted to do this one to see how the views and hike compared. While Cerro is a longer hike and there is more elevation change, it is an easier hike than Bishop....More
So the name is officially Cerro San Luis, but everyone calls it Madonna Mountain, and why not since they own it? By their generosity, the public has access to excellent trails--really roads--to hike to the top of this lovely peak in the middle of San...More
Great views of downtown San Luis Obispo once you reach the Lemon Orchard where a spring once irrigated someone's private/public orchard. The "M" on the mountain was put up in the late 60s by students from Mission High School below. (Now Mission College Prep) Every...More