Community Hiking

The free community hikes are led by Camp Fire Board Member, Club Leader, and Outdoor Enthusiast, Wes Armstrong, who has an enormous amount of knowledge from his many hiking trips and excursions. Bring the family for a great time! 



Meet at 12:15. Begin at 12:30.


October 7 #99

Islay Hill Open Space

October 21 #102

Reservoir Canyon

November 4 #127

Cave Landing & Pirates Cove

November 18 #95

Johnson Ranch

December 2 #93

Froom Canyon Loop

December 16 #82

Eagle Rock at El Chorro Park


Optional Items to Bring:

Small, lightweight backpack ♦ water ♦ snacks ♦ map compass ♦ first aid kit ♦ sweater/jacket ♦ hiking stick/trekking poles ♦ hat ♦ sunscreen ♦ flashlight ♦ tissue♦ pen & paper ♦ camera ♦ pocket knife ♦ magnifying glass

Hikes are led by Wes Armstrong, a Camp Fire Club Leader, Board Member, and outdoor enthusiast.

If possible, please RSVP to or 805- 459-3660; but last minute hikers are always welcome!

Camp Fire club members who attend three hikes will earn a special hike emblem (shown, above.)

IMPORTANT: Closed toed shoes are required for all hikes. Parents, please use your discretion regarding age and ability suitability for your children.


Additional Hike Details


October 7

#99 Islay Hill Open Space

Distance: 2.0 miles round trip. Duration: 1.0 hour. Directions: From Tank Farm Road and Broad Street in San Luis Obispo, drive one mile east on Tank Farm to Wavertree Street. Turn right (south) and continue 0.4 miles to Spanish Oaks Drive. Turn left and go one block to Sweetbay Lane. Turn right and park 0.1 mile ahead in cul-de-sac by trail sign. Description: Islay Hill is the ninth morro in the string of ancient volcanos... climbs north face up to dome-shaped summit. From the rounded peak are sweeping views of five morros, Edna Valley, airport, Santa Lucia Range, and the city.

October 21

#102 Reservoir Canyon

Distance: 2.5 miles round trip. Duration: 1.5 hours. Directions: From 101 in SLO, drive north to Reservoir Canyon Road on right. Turnoff is at the bottom of the Cuesta Grade, 1.1 miles past Monterey Street exit (last exit in SLO.) Drive 0.4 miles south on Reservoir Canyon Road to parking area near end of road. IMPORTANT: When departing, it is dangerous to turn left onto the 101. Instead, turn right and drive 1.6 miles northbound to a turnoff for Stagecoach Road from left lane. Turn

left and turn around to head back to SLO. Description: Begins at Reservoir Creek Falls, a 50-foot cataract cascading through a narrow, rock-carved chute into a broad pool. Along the way are small waterfalls and pools between serpentine rock walls.

November 4

#127 Cave Landing & Pirates Cove

Distance: 2 miles round trip. Duration: 1 hour. Directions: From 101 in Pismo Beach, exit Avila Beach Drive. Head 2 miles west to Cave Landing Road and turn Left. Continue 0.5 miles uphill to the parking lot on the right at the end of the road left. Description: A spectacular rocky natural pier, windswept caves and coves including an arch chiseled through the cliffs near the end of the headland. From the point are dramatic views of the steep, serrated cliffs along the rugged coastline and Whalers Island at the western point of the Bay.

November 18

#95 Johnson Ranch

Distance: 2.3-mile loop or 3.5-mile loop. Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Directions: From 101 in SLO, take San Luis Bay Drive. Turn left and cross over the freeway. Turn right on Ontario Road (frontage road,) and drive 2 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the left. Description: The ranch covers 242 acres of open rolling hills with creekside habitats; grasslands; sycamore,eucalyptus, and oak woodlands; and chaparral... forms a double loop on north and south canyon walls of the creek-fed pond.

December 2

#93 Froom Canyon Loop [Irish Hills Natural Reseve]

Distance: 4 miles round trip. Duration: 2 hours. Directions: From 101 and Los Osos Valley Road in SLO, drive 0.9 miles northwest on LOVR to Madonna Road. Turn left (west) and continue a quarter mile to roundabout at DeVaul Ranch Drive. Gated trailhead is just left of intersection. Park along curb. Description: This hike climbs through oak woodlands to a ridge on south half of the reserve, with sweeping views. En route, hike descends into steep-walled Froom Canyon. Prefumo Creek and Froom Creek flowing through the reserve are perennial tributary streams of San Luis Obispo Creek.

December 16

#82 Eagle Rock at El Chorro Park

Distance: 2.5 mile loop. Duration: 1.5 hours. Directions: From 101 in San Luis Obispo, exit Morro Bay/Highway 1. Drive 5.5 miles northwest towards Morro Bay to El Chorro Regional Park on right (north.) Turn right on the park road and continue 0.8 miles to Dairy Creek parking lot on left by the locked gate. Description: An isolated rocky outcropping, leads up grassy hillside past Chumas mortar bowls, beautiful views of Chorro Valley, West Cuesta Ridge, Cuesta College, volcanic morros of Cerro Romauldo.