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San Luis Obispo County Trail Guide
of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club

[Trail Guide]

The San Luis Obispo County Trail Guide was first published in 1981. This recent 200-page update covers more than 50 trails, with new maps, illustrations, usage information and trail descriptions. It was researched, compiled and written by experienced hikers thoroughly familiar with the local back country. 

This comprehensive Trail Guide covers the local favorites of Montana de Oro, Bishop Peak, El Chorro Regional Park, to name a few. Further afield, it describes trails in the Los Padres National Forest, Pozo, Big and Little Falls, Machesna Mountain Wilderness, Garcia Wilderness, Nipomo Dunes, Lopez Lake, San Simeon and more. It is by far the best book on hiking in San Luis Obispo County. 

Because the Sierra Club does not encourage trespassing across private property, trails like High School Hill and Cerro San Luis (Madonna Mountain) are not included in this book. Even though they are popular with local hikers, they cross private property and have not been legalized for use. 

The rewriting of this book was done entirely by volunteers in a concerted effort that stretched out over three years. 

This guide serves more than one purpose. Besides offering reliable, up-to-date information for those venturing onto our trails, it serves as a major funding source for the Santa Lucia Chapter. Funds from its sales are used for our common goal: to preserve and protect our natural resources for the enjoyment of all. 

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Updates and Corrections

The San Luis Obispo County Trail Guide, ISBN 1-930401-07-8, and retails for $15.95.

Retailers such as book stores, outdoor shops, gift shops and hotels may order by calling

  • Central Coast Books at (805)534-0307, or E-Mail: Central Coast Books
    Or by contacting the Sierra Club directly, at (805) 473-3694

    Individual orders may be placed directly through the Sierra Club:

  • $14.95, No Sales Tax or Shipping Charges
  • To Order Print the Trail Guide Order Form by Clicking **Here**
  • Send your check made payable to "Sierra Club Trail Guide" to:
Sierra Club Trail Guide
P.O. Box 15755
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
  • Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery
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Trail Guide to Los Padres Forest (Northern Section)

[Trail Guide]
Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club's
Trail Guide 
Los Padres 
National Forest 
(Northern Section)

The Trail Guide to the Los Padres National Forest (Northern Section) was completed by many volunteers of the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club. This comprehensive Trail Guide covers most of the trails from Salmon Creek in southern Monterey County to Carmel. It includes both the Ventana Wilderness and Silver Peak Wilderness areas. There are detailed descriptions for each trail, mileage and elevation. A separate map gives locations of the different trails. 

The trail guide provides more than hiking information . The trail guide provides a revenue source for our local chapter for special projects preserving our natural resources. 

If you can't find a copy of this Guide, maps of the Ventana/SilverPeak Wilderness Areas and USFS trail location data can be found at:

The Trail Guide to the Los Padres National Forest (Northern Section), ISBN 0-9650652-0-0, and retails for $14.95.

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Where to get the Trail Guide

These trail guides can be found at most any bookstore. Below are a few locations where you can purchase the trail guides.
U.S. Forest Service
1616 N. Carlotti Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Allan Hancock College Book Store
801 S. Bradley
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Cuesta College Book Store
Highway 1
Four Seasons Outfitters
432 S. Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Mission News
1030 Chorro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
1039 Chorro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
Morro Bay State Park
State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA 93442
Mountain Air Sports
667 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
The Photo Shop
1027 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
894 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 781-8334

Novel Experience
779 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 544-0150

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.
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Explore, Enjoy and Protect - Santa Lucia Chapter hike in Machesna Wilderness
Machesna Wilderness hike
April 2002
Photo by Gary Felsman