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Paso Robles is known for its many wineries and restaurants, but it is also home to some incredible walking and hiking trails. From the Shoreline Trail at Lake Nacimiento to the peaceful Salinas River Trail right in the city, check out this list of the best hikes near Paso Robles, California.
Northwest of Paso Robles lies Lake Nacimiento, an 18-mile long lake that makes for an excellent spot to go hiking. There are several trails around the lake, all of which are suitable for beginners. The Shoreline Trail is one of the most popular, spanning 4.5 miles round trip. Expect to see lots of views of the picturesque blue water and surrounding hills. In addition, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as hawks, deer, birds, and squirrels are often spotted here.
Spend an afternoon in Paso Robles going for a quiet walk along the Salinas River, which runs right through the city. One of the most accessible and convenient walks in the region, Salinas River Walk is a 2-mile trail that will take you through oak groves, rolling hills, and natural flora and fauna (including many native birds). The trail is well maintained so it can be walked year round, but is particularly beautiful during the fall months.
Quail’s Roost Trail is another hike near Lake Nacimiento, northwest of Paso Robles. It is just 1.5 miles in length, making it one of the easiest on this list and therefore ideal for seniors or those travelling with small children. The trail is an out and back route that takes roughly 45 minutes to complete. You’ll see plenty of old oak and pine trees on your journey. There will also be several lookout points to the lake.
If you plan on hiking while in Paso Robles, then you’ll want to book a room at the Best Western Plus Black Oak. We combine top-notch service and modern rooms with a convenient location near some of the area's best walking trails.