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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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  • Medium level hike with great views. go when it is cool weather. well maintained trail to a large hill view point. You can see large portions of SLO  more »
  • This was definitely a mountain climb, not walking on paths. Walking sticks are certainly a big help unless you're very experienced. It was beautiful the day we went but if it had been wet, etc it woul...  more »
  • A really lovely hike for a warm day, through shady forest and then zig-zagging up to the peak, along a well marked trail. The round trip took us a couple of hours, with many stops to admire the view, ...  more »

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