August Hike with Chris: Cerro San Luis

Cerro San Luis: August, 13 2017, Lead: Chris Only one hiker participated in this hike, which took place under overcast skies, but it went well. The duration of the hike was approximately one hour. The lemon grove and new trail construction were of interest, as were the various points of interest (including several other City open space areas) that are visible from the trail....

May Hike with Chris: Cerro San Luis (Lemon Grove Loop)

Cerro San Luis hike, Lemon Grove Loop, May 20, 2017, Lead: Chris; Sweep: Evan On the warm and beautiful Saturday morning of May 20, 12 intrepid hikers turned out for the Lemon Grove Loop hike at the Cerro San Luis Open Space.  On this easy-to-moderate hike, of approximately 2.1 miles, items for discussion included trail safety (drink plenty of water on a hot day!), wildflower and other native plant identification, wildlife sightings, geology, and a bit of ranching history.  Leaving the trailhead a few minutes past 9:00, the group first stopped to check out the City’s new information kiosk panels.  These educational panels, which discuss trail etiquette and various aspects of local natural history, are nicely done and are a real asset to the hiking and biking public.  ECOSLO docent Evan Albright provided some interesting commentary on plant use by Native Americans.  The trail’s namesake lemon grove, which includes about two dozen newly planted lemon saplings, was discussed belatedly by hike leader Chris (who was so “in the zone” that he initially walked right by it without pointing it out!).  In addition, new trail segments and various local landmarks, including several of the City’s other open space areas (Islay Hill, Terrace Hill, South Hills, Bishop Peak), were pointed out.  All in all, it was a fine day for a hike with a great group of outdoor...
June 28th, 2015 – Lemon Grove on Cerro San Luis

June 28th, 2015 – Lemon Grove on Cerro San Luis

Summer is here and the time to hike is earlier in the morning!  So with that in mind, four hikers joined me, Slow in SLO with Jan, at 8:00 in the morning for the loop hike to the Lemon Grove on Cerro San Luis.  It was nice and foggy and cool when we started.  Four humans and one elderly dog.  In dog-years, the dog was still the oldest of our group.  As we started up the hill we noticed two things, the Peruvian Pepper trees that were planted long ago, and bags of dog poop that we hoped were going to be picked up by the dog owners when they came back down the hill!  We stayed on the main trail and went up instead of taking the loop trail to the right.  Good thing we went that way because a fifth hiker caught up with us. We all enjoyed the views of the friendly, best, most wonderful, etc., city as we made our way uphill with about a 400 foot elevation gain.  The fog burned off as we opened a gate and walked into the old lemon grove.  The Lemon Grove was replanted with 20 young lemon trees in 2014.  They are caged to protect them from browsing critters and watered via the original spring.  We hiked up to the spring and were pleased to see the water was still flowing.  Not much, but it isn’t dry.  There are still three of the original trees left.  Two of them had fruit on them.  It’s nice to see an historical site like this being restored.  Is a gazebo in...