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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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  • Takes about 90 min up and 30 min down . But I'm old and slow! My teens love this hike. Keep dogs on leash or get big fine. Dog bowl at top.  more »
  • If you want a great hike in SLO on the Central Coast, this is it. Whether it's a clear day or not the views from the top of Bishops Peak are spectacular. On an overcast day the peaks jut through the c...  more »
  • I hiked this with my son. You do need to be in shape for this hike. :-) I made it to the very top, but just could not get on that lookout rock at the end, because the edge made me too nervous. But, al...  more »