Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

By Shannon Gurnee
In California
February 22, 2015
1 Comment


Laguna Lake Park is a nice 375-acre park in San Luis just south of Cerro San Luis Mountain. This park used to have a beautiful 25-acre lake that has now shrunken to look more like a pond, but the ducks are still there and like to be fed. There is also a very nice playground for the kids. We’ve taken school field trips here for a picnic and playtime and the kids loved it. There’s even a Frisbee Golf course and an off-leash dog park too. With several hiking trails available, Arleena and I went in search of an adventure.

Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail


Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

We started off by the playground and traveled through he dog park then out to the “open spaces”. The majority of this hike is pretty flat with nicely maintained and wide pathway making it kid and stroller friendly. In fact a few years ago I took my kids up here for a hike. We didn’t get to the top, but they were good troupers. 

Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

Arleena and I climbed up the hill and saw the passageway over the ridge to the top of Cerro San Luis. Due to time restraints we did not continue onto that path, but made our own little loop along the topside of the hill then back down through the Frisbee Gold course and back to the car.

Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail


Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

This was a nice and pleasant hike. Not our typical exhausting “mountain climbing” hike, but every once in a while it’s nice to step out and slow things down to enjoy each other’s company.

Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail

My thoughts:

Difficulty: 3 (out of 10)

Beauty:   4 (out of 10)

Distance: 3.56 Miles

Time: 1:08:28

Elevation Gain: 389’

Worth It? Great for a family outing.

Rating:   3 Stars (out of 5)

To get to the trailhead: From the 101 Freeway in San Luis Obispo, exit on Madonna Road and head west for half a mile. Turn right on Dalidio Drive to enter Laguna Lake Park. Park at the end of the drive or turn left at the only intersection to find parking closer to the lakefront trail.

Laguna Lake

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

One Response to “Hiking Challenge – Laguna Lake Park Trail”

  1. Helen Swarts says:

    Looks like a great trail, and a nice work out. Nicely done!!!

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