May 9, 2014
Bishops Peak Trail
Well, the weather in Utah this spring hasn't been impressing me with the BTU's at all….it's been cold and rainy more than anything else. Not that I'm complaining…rain in the desert is always good! But it was also nice to zip out to central CA for a few days of sunshine and heat. We were visiting family but found some time to head over to our favorite hike in the area for a great workout.
Bishops Peak is the tallest of nine Morros that rise above the valley near San Luis Obispo. The hike is only about 4 miles roundtrip, but with 1000 feet of elevation gain, this rocky summit is anything but flat. The trail starts by darting into a nice shady oak forest, a chance to stay cool for a few minutes at least. It then descends past a rock climbing area before cutting the corner into open hillside. The trail is quite technical, rocky and sandy, making each step one to watch for. But the payoffs are great views and hopefully a nice breeze at the top. The summit is rocky and a great playground for boulder hopping.
We choose a hot day to do the hike, and in a quest for a hard workout, did the whole loop twice! The thermometer said 89 degrees when we got back to the car, and it was only the stiff breeze that made it doable. But the hills were spring green and the sky was blue…a great day to be outdoors.