The Santa Lucia Wilderness is located inland from Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo. The land is extremely rugged with chaparral-covered peaks and streamfed valleys of oaks and lush riparian vegetation. From the ridgetops you can see the vista of Morro Rock and the Seven Sisters hills of San Luis Obispo. This wilderness offers views along waterfalls and scenic streams, trails for hiking, hunting, solitude and recreation await you, just ten minutes from San Luis Obispo.
The Santa Lucia Mountains are part of the Outer South California Coast Ranges, in the Pacific Coast Ranges System. Its northern section runs parallel to the southern section of the Diablo Range, part of the Inner South Coast Ranges, which lies to the east across the Salinas Valley. The range's highest summit is Junipero Serra Peak, 1,784 metres (5,853 ft) in Monterey County and the Los Padres National Forest.