El Chorro Regional Park

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Trail Distance: 2 miles
Time Estimate: 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 567 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
Woofing for both a pup-friendly park and some trails all in one? Then you're in luck! The El Chorro Regional Park between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, California offers folks to enjoy a full day of fun in its park which doubles as a pawpular hiking destination. The park features a pawtastic off-leash dog park (El Chorro Dog Park), picnic tables, restrooms, and a magical botanical garden. What's more, dog-friendly hikes are located within the park's 700+ acres. 


The most pawpular trail to try within the El Chorro Regional Park is the Dairy Creek and El Chorro Loop Trail, which spans about 1.3 miles one-way. This trail varies in scenery, so expect to be surprised with forest views, mountaintop switchbacks, brush, grassland, and more. The climb can be challenging for some, but overall this trail is great for hikers of all skills--even our smaller-sized puppy friends can do it. 

Another pawpular trail within the park is the Eagle Rock Nature Trail (0.7 miles one way). This trail offers more of a challenge with several inclines and slopes. The Eagle Rock Viewpoint is quite rewarding, however, so make sure to climb to the top for the unhindered views of the Chorro Valley overlooking Morro Bay and Hollister Peak. From the viewpoint, you'll see a patriotic eagle on the hillside made from stone. This is because the Camp San Luis Obispo, a base of the California Army National Guard, is located within the regional park. Return back the way you came and finish via the Eagle Rock Nature Trail or, alternatively, hike back to the trailhead via the Oak Woodlands Trail. 

While the trails are optimized for hiking with your pup, do take caution and look out for poison ivy, ticks, and wildlife. Don't forget to take a camera, a large bottle of cold water, and a handful of doggie waste bags. Most of all, enjoy your day filled with fun in the pawpular El Chorro Regional Park!

Trail Features
Grassland, Steep Inclines, Diverse Landscape, Loose Terrain
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Entry into the park is usually free, however, there might be a fee of $3 on busy holidays and weekends.
Address
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 8:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 8:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 8:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 8:00 AM - Sunset
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Address
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 8:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 8:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 8:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 8:00 AM - Sunset