Bishop Peak, San Luis Obispo

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Bishop Peak is a 1546ft volcanic plug in San Luis Obispo, California. It is the tallest of the Morros or "Nine Sisters", a chain of similar peaks stretching to Morro Bay. It's mistakenly said to take its name from its resemblance to a bishop's miter, however, it is actually named in homage to the town's name (San Luis Obispo). "Obispo" is the Spanish word for Bishop, and It is frequently referred to by locals as "Bishop's Peak".GeologyLike the other Morros, Bishop Peak is primarily composed of dacite. About 20 to 25 million years ago, magma welled up underneath a layer of softer rock and solidified. The softer overlying rock has since eroded away, leaving a distinct rugged shape.WildlifeBishop Peak's thin, rocky soil supports many plants that are not common in the surrounding area. Vegetation includes an Oak woodland, sage scrub and chaparral.Woodland areas are composed of species like coast live oak and California bay trees, as well as poison oak and California blackberry. Scrub areas support many aromatic varieties of sagebrush, coyote bush, and monkeyflower.
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  • October 3, 2017
    It was a little hard for Nora, but she really enjoyed it. The girls loved all the views and seeing all the cows!  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Me and my husband always enjoy the hikes on Bishop peak and around. Such a wonderful place to hike and relax.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    If you are used to walking, this is a good solid 3.8 mile hike (if you leave from the Patricia Road trailhead), clearly marked , fairly busy. It's probably best to go earlier I. The day when there is ...  more »

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