Wife and I celebrated our last ever 2nd anniversary today by hiking up Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo. Bishop Peak is a very (VERY) well traveled trail and is a rite of passage for Cal Poly students. The trail itself is relatively short (3.5 miles r/t) but has some steeper sections and can be slick, as it mostly traverses slippery sandstone.
We parked our car around noon and were greeted by a friendly (maybe too friendly?) doe. It was weird…but cool I guess. Anyways, we found the trailhead easily enough and we followed the wooded trail the first .25 of a mile and then took a sharp left as this splinter trail met up with the main trail/hiker highway. After that, it was up, up, and up! Some steeper parts made it a little more interesting and all along the way, the views were breathtaking.
As we got towards the top, my vertigo started to kick in pretty hard. All of a sudden, I had a headache, dizziness, and felt like I was going to barf. I pushed on for another couple minutes until I was at the peak; we took the obligatory pictures, I broke out my trekking poles, and we began an – overly methodical but necessary – descent back to the car. After a few minutes of descending, the vertigo symptoms disappeared and I was once again able to enjoy the outdoors.
+’s on this hike: FUN! Pretty doable for most in-shape people, amazing views.
-‘s on this hike: Beware of a LOT of poison oak, TONS TONS TONS of people, hike is a little short
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3.5 miles r/t
Calories burned: 1200 maybe?
Water consumed: 1 liter
Calories consumed: 120 (1 pack of Honey Stinger Chews)
Weather conditions: 65, very windy, sunny
Special considerations: Hiking shoes with strong grip and trekking poles were very helpful. Definitely recommended. Also, be very careful of some of the slicker areas on the trail. No parking pass needed at trailhead
Getting there: Follow this link to the parking area