Since I don't see any shamrocks growing in Paso Robles or leprechauns hanging around the river, I had to go south a bit to find anything Irish in my photo album. Then I remembered the Irish Hills of San Luis Obispo.
in San Luis Obispo. One can access the hiking trails in the Irish Hills from the south end of Madonna road. One can see them and get a more complicated access near the parking lots of Costco and Home Depot. This photo on the left was taken from the Costco parking lot. (I confess to playing with editing effects here.) The photo directly below this paragraph was also taken from the Costco parking lot in the late afternoon, which is why the sky looks so washed out.
If you enter the trail from the south end of Madonna road, as we did one day to work off our lunch, you can park in the residential center below the trail. I took this photo after we got above it and looked back.
|From Trail through The Irish Hills of San Luis Obispo, |
Looking Down at Housing Tract, © B. Radisavljevic
The photo below was taken from higher up on the trail. Unfortunately, we did not have time on that day to see more of the trail. Hubby got tired, and I did not feel good about continuing alone.
|Trees on the Trail through The Irish Hills of San Luis Obispo, © B. Radisavljevic|
Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo: 156 Great Hikes
If you like hiking and want to find a very complete guide to the trails in and around San Luis Obispo County, this is the book for you. Details about the hikes such as length, difficulty, elevation, what you will see, and whether dogs are allowed are summed up before each hike description. Clear maps are provided for each hike, as well as directions for getting to the trail and parking information.