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“Great Hike!”
Review of Cerro San Luis

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Owner description: 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.
Paso Robles, California, United States
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90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Hike!”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

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

Visited April 2013
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Pismo Beach, Calif.
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145 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“A mountain I climbed daily now has a road to the top”
Reviewed 25 January 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 Easter a cross it lit on the top of San Luis Mountain. And during the Christmas holidays you can see a Christmas tree of lights floating in the sky above town. A few decades ago, local highway contractor and Madonna Inn owner Alex Madonna bought the mountain behind his Inn and sandwiched between his ranch on the north side of town. Without a permit, Alex or one of his employees drove a bulldozer around the mountain all the way to the top. Now-a-days recent arrivals call it "Madonna Mountain". When I told the late Inn keeper that a few years before he died 1999, he only smiled at me.

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Paso Robles, California
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59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice hike with pretty views”
Reviewed 12 December 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.

Visited March 2012
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Kissimmee, Florida
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A good hike!”
Reviewed 19 September 2012

I have been up Cerro San Luis' sister, Bishop Peak, a couple of times before. This visit marked my first hike up Cerro, which did not disappoint. The trail was a bit wider and easier to navigate all the way up to the top. Just like Bishop, the view is fantastic and it gives you such a sense of accomplishment when you make it to the top. Going down is much easier, of course! Can't wait to tackle this volcanic plug once again.

Visited September 2012
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San Luis Obispo, California
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“Natives trek this at least once per week”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

This mountai is a local treasure. It provides a good cardiovascular work-out and rewards with a fabulous view of the City of San Luis Obispo

Visited August 2012
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