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Santa Lucia Wilderness - Hiking and Backpacking Trails

Hiking and Backpacking Trails in the Santa Lucia Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest


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.

A total of (3) trails are currently available in the Santa Lucia Wilderness ×
Big Falls Trail - 3.48 Miles
14E02 • Santa Lucia • Santa Lucia Ranger District • San Luis Obispo County
Three water falls are within this 1.5 mile hike, near Arroyo Grande. The hike is relatively easy with a couple spots being a little more challenging; with short, steep climbs. The setting is within Big Canyon and Santa Lucia Wilderness. You will follow Big Creek and will easily find Lower, Middle…
Little Falls Trail - 2.81 Miles
14E03 • Santa Lucia • Santa Lucia Ranger District • San Luis Obispo County
The Little Falls Trail is a senic 2.81 mile trail in the Santa Lucia Wilderness in San Luis Obispo County . The trail head is located off Upper Lopez Canyon Road at , San Luis Obispo County . The trail follows little falls creek to the junction with Big Falls Trail (14E02).
Lopez Canyon Trail - 6.61 Miles
13E03 • Santa Lucia • Santa Lucia Ranger District • San Luis Obispo County
The Lopez Canyon Trail is a scenic 6.61 mile trail in the Santa Lucia Wilderness in San Luis Obispo County . The trail head is located off the Upper Lopez Canyon Road at , San Luis Obispo County . Please let us know if you have explored this trail recently.


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