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Address: San Luis Obispo, CA

Eight-mile running trail lined with plants, flowers, and cows.

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Engineering student projects.

Nice easy hike. Poly student engineering projects, older and not kept up but very interesting none the less.

Reviewed 16 November 2016
Eric M
Pismo Beach, California
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Nipomo, United States
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Not only is this a great moderate hike that doesn't require a high level of fitness, but exploring Cal Poly's architectural graveyard makes this really fun for both kids and adults. Come on a weekend for best parking availability.

Thank Catherine O
Bakersfield, California
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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We anticipated this hike because we wanted to see the architecture graveyard and the swing. We circled around for 45 minutes to find a parking place. We found metered parking for times up to two hours. All were full. Very disappointed. We went to the Elfin Forest instead at Los Osos. Nice walk on boardwalk with nice views of Los... More 

Thank nancypants911
Pismo Beach, California
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Nice easy hike. Poly student engineering projects, older and not kept up but very interesting none the less.

Thank Eric M
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

We took the hike up to the Design Village, which is better known as the Architecture Graveyard, a term the architecture department is mightily trying to stamp out. We came up on a tour as part of Cal Poly Family Weekend, but it seems that most Cal Poly students find there way up here at some time during their residence.... More 

Thank MikeT19278
Redwood City, California
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It was about a mile hike from where we parked all the way to the entrance of this place. The walk was relatively flat so it wasn't difficult. We walked a mile zig zagging throughout the exhibits so by the time we got back to the car it was about 3 miles hiked. Once you get to the arch, there's... More 

Thank Timothy Y
Northern California
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

Our daughter took us through the Architecture Graveyard and up to the Serenity Swing. The trail runs near a creek for part of the way and has more shade than a lot of SLO hikes. The last part of the hike at the peak is very steep and involved a lot of sliding! We had to grab some plants to... More 

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Northern California
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

We like to hike up Poly Canyon through the farm gates. In no time at all you're out in ranch land with beautiful views of the surrounding hills, sometimes cattle off in the distance. It's not a difficult hike, but very peaceful and solitary. On the weekend you can park free on the campus, very near the beginning of the... More 

Thank Chelsea42
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

An easy little hike gets you to some cool/some bizarre structures. It was quite muddy around the structures, but the path back there was fine. Gorgeous hills. Awesome outing for the family.

Thank KPDevine
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

such a beautiful place to run, dirt trails and great vistas. you have to buy a parking permit or park on the co. rd which is stenner road....the road to the trestle.

Thank Maryanne N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2015

I have been running the Poly Canyon loop for years. All included, about 7 miles of dirt and fire road with some paved at the beginning and end. Its a mild run with some elevation. I park at the corner of Mt. Bishop and Highland on the weekend and run the loop counter clockwise through the campus. Nice scenery along... More 

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