Trail Running in San Luis Obispo, California

The central California town offers plenty of great trails for runners to explore.

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The charming central California town of San Luis Obispo lies roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. With a population of just 45,000, it is one of the rare California destinations that’s not overflowing with people.

One of the perks of visiting San Luis Obispo is its outdoor space, including trails which explore the hills surrounding the city. Recently, a few locals took on a unique “Tri Tip Challenge” involving the climbing of three prominent peaks that surround the city—High School Hill, Cerro San Luis Obispo and Bishop Peak—through a blend of running and hiking.

Here are a few running shots from the adventure, which give a glimpse of San Luis Obispo’s natural beauty. Photos taken by Ryan Wood.