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Mountain of many uses and levels

Have been on this mountain many times, and it is always different depending on time of day and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CentralCoastDiverSLO
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San Luis Obispo, California
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Great views in every direction!

The hike up Cerro San Luis (aka Madonna Mountain) often plays second fiddle to the very popular... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2018
Jon R
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San Luis Obispo, California
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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 to the public for hiking, biking and sightseeing.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Jon R
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

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!

Thank Leslie M
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

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

1  Thank BarbaraAndPaul
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Reviewed December 19, 2016

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

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Reviewed January 1, 2015

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

4  Thank Douglas C
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

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

2  Thank CalifJanet
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Fairly long hike with a decent amount of elevation climb. Great views from the highest peak in SLO County make the reward!!!

Thank Thomas A
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

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

Thank SLOnative
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Not too strenous. Easy access and easy to find. You don't actually go to the top of the hill on the hike but it is enough of a walk to let you know you did something.

Thank Kathleen M
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