Madonna Mountain (aka Cerro San Luis)

While I was living in San Luis Obispo I would frequently climb Mt Madonna. The trail head was less than two miles from my place which made it an ideal natural free gym for an early morning hike. The entire trip to the top and back is 3.9 miles, and there is a thousand foot elevation change. From the top you will find some amazing views. I used to have a meetup group and this was one of my regular hikes. Few people will join you for a 5am hike.

Here are some pictures from my adventures.

Spectacular view.

Housing developments to the west.

Sometimes rain causes ruts in the trails.

The first incline. You can see the horizon is level in the background.

The sunrise from the top.

The shadow the mountain cast in the early morning. Pointing right toward Morro Rock.

SLO at twilight.

The last few steps to the top.

There are about 20 spots at the trail head. Usually busy during the weekend.

In case you want to go. Here is a simple map-graphic of the trail to the top as it was in 2009.

Conditions when posted

  • Weather: Clear
  • Temperature Celcius: 27 degrees
  • Moon: waxing-crescent
  • Location: San Luis Obispo