Montaña de Oro State Park
Trails in Montaña de Oro State Park offer bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians varied terrain with beautiful ocean and canyon views. Mountain bike trails range from flat and wide to technical singletrack. The Bluff Trail, Islay Creek Road, and Hazard Canyon Road require the least amount of bike handling experience and physical fitness. East Boundary, Ridge Trail, Oats Peak, Hazard Peak, Barranca, Manzanita and the new Canyon View trails are generally considered intermediate and advanced trails.
West Cuesta Ridge Trails
Trails in the West Cuesta Ridge area vary from dirt roads to rocky, technical signletrack. The majority of this coastal chaparral riding area is in the Los Padres National Forest. However, trails also cross through lands owned by the City of San Luis Obispo, the Land Conservancy of SLO County, and California Polytechnic State University. Trail conditions vary widely in each parcel of land, but typically feature abundant singletrack, hairpin turns, shallow water crossings, as well as the occasional small herd of cattle in the lower areas. The upper ridge trails offer panoramic views of the entire county extending to the ocean.
Irish Hills & Johnson Ranch
Irish Hills Natural Reserve provides roughly 10 miles of trails for the public to enjoy. Johnson Ranch Open Space offers two contour-style, loop trails totaling 3.5 miles. The Filipponi Ranch Trail, which connects Irish Hills to Johnson Ranch, is almost 1.5 miles of trail easement through private property. The entire trail network offers route options for all skill levels and outdoor enthusiasts.
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay State Park is divided by S. Bay Blvd. The relatively smaller area west of S. Bay Blvd is known as Black Hill. The larger area to the east is commonly referred to as Cerro Cabrillo. Both riding areas cater to cross country riding and feature extensive singletrack. There are some moderately steep climbs, although they are typically short, as the the highest point in the park (Black Hill summit) is only at 661 feet of elevation. Most of the trails wind through coastal sage scrub and native grasslands, with occasional groves of coastal live oak, pine, and eucalyptus. The park surrounds the Morro Estuary Natural Preserve, which provides a haven for many bird species.
Trails in Santa Margarita Lake Regional Park can be accessed from two main pay-parking areas. Trails accessed from the western parking area through the main entrance are meandering, easy to moderate, singletrack with shade and lake views. Trails accessed from the eastern parking area off of River Road vary from moderate to strenuous singletrack and doubletrack.
Lopez Lake Regional Park
The predominately sandy trails of Lopez Lake wind around the Wittenberg Arm of the lake. The gentle roller coaster singletrack curves through the campground, emerging to skirt the water’s edge, and finally climbs to the top of the ridge for a panoramic view west to the Pacific Ocean.