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Bishop Peak, San Luis Obispo

Categories: Lookouts, Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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 takes 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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  • We took the Felsman loop before finding the Bishop Peak trail, so it was a long hike. I haven't hiked in over a year so I'm not in the best of shape. I wasn't sure I'd make it to the top, but took som...  read more »
  • A beautiful hike that takes you through a little forest, it's very dry, you can tell that California is in a drought. The trail winds around to the west so if you go in the afternoon you are baking in...  read more »
  • A hike that is not for the amateur. A little experience in above average hiking is necessary to conquer this peak. If the hike isn't breathtaking enough, the view will surely take your breath away. Pl...  read more »
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