March hike with Chris: Felsman Loop

Felsman Loop hike, 3/18/2017 Lead: Chris; Sweep: Evan On Saturday, March 18 the Felsman Loop hike was attended by 12 engaged, enthusiastic hikers and three well-behaved dogs on leash.  After some introductory discussion about ECOSLO and its relationship with the City of SLO’s Natural Resources program, as well as potential hazards along the trail, we set off from the Patricia Drive trailhead a few minutes after 9:00 AM.  Although low clouds obscured the view of Bishop Peak, the group’s spirits were high as we ascended towards the cattle pond, which was full to the brim for the first time in years.  Early topics of discussion included the coast live oak woodland and how vibrant the trees look thanks to all the rain this winter; and of course, wildflowers and other native plants.  In this regard we were lucky to have Evan’s expertise on the hike.  A partial list of species identified includes California buttercup, golden-yarrow, Indian paintbrush, sticky monkeyflower, hummingbird sage, checkered mallow, shooting star, filaree, and blue dicks.  Additional topics of discussion along the trail included the geology of the morro’s and SLO County, and locations where dacite quarried from Bishop Peak over 100 years ago can be seen in the downtown area.  Toward the end of the hike, the group split in two, with one group preferring to spend some extra time on plant identification.  By noon, the clouds had even cleared enough that Bishop’s summit crags were visible from the trailhead.  All in all, everyone seemed very happy and it was a successful...
July 11th, 2015 – Bishop Peak from Patricia TH

July 11th, 2015 – Bishop Peak from Patricia TH

Bishop Peak is still my favorite hike in San Luis Obispo, although Reservoir Canyon is right behind it. Why do I like Bishop Peak so much, well there is so much diversity of wildlife, flowers, the view and well the trails. There are three trail heads to get up to the top of the 3 Peaks, at 1,559 feet Bishops Peak is the tallest of the nine Morros. We were rewarded with a beautiful day in SLO, blue skies, slight breeze, a little warmer than average as we left from the Patricia Trail head with 950 feet of elevation gain ahead of us. Eight brave souls showed up to do the 3.5 mile hike; we met and spoke a little bit about what the hike would entail and introductions. Than we were off to the top, which you can see as you start, but than disappears into the trees. The cow pond was dry as could be, the climbers were out in a big group soaking in the warmth of the rocks, and there were a few wildflowers still out. The coffee-berry bush was very prevalent on the trail, Milk Thistles, California Buckwheat, Sticky Monkey Flower all over, Distaff Thistles on the side, Hummingbird sage was all dried up as of now. The trail up was filled with people, we said hi to everyone and let them pass us as needed, it is always nice to see people get outside. For the most part, every dog owner was adhering to the ‘new’ leash law; I educated the few who did not have them on the leash. We made it to the...

Bishops Peak 1/31

Starting at the Patricia Drive Trailhead I met up with five Hikers in the morning, our goal was the top of Bishops Peak. There were beautiful blue skies and no wind. We noticed there were a lot of people out on the trail enjoying the nice weather and getting outdoors. We started by taking turns identifying wildflowers along the trail using a local wildflower book. Lots of Hummingbird sage out there. Unfortunately there was no wildlife out playing, other than the Turkey Vultures hovering overhead. We kept a good pace of slightly over two miles per hour. Sadly, at 1.3 miles, two of the hikers decided to turn back due to knee issues. The rest of us continued up to the top, at 1,559 Feet Elevation, the highest of the Morros to view the other Morros surrounding us. We were blown away by all the people who had their dogs off leash, in fact there were only five dogs on a leash out of probably 25 seen. That was a big bummer, as people simply did not care that we could lose access to our trails if the rules were not followed properly. Regardless, we had a great time together, talking about the history and landscape, the future hikes, our current lives and what was next on the agenda. We made it to the top, took a minute to relax and climbed around taking a few pictures, and then headed back down, making great time. It was a great group of people and such a beautiful day in our...