Guard BM P300

Mar 30, 2016

With: Jackie Burd

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In Pismo Beach with the family on holiday, Jackie and I decided to go for a hike. I picked a place off Hwy 1, west of San Luis Obispo that I hadn't visited before. El Chorro Regional Park isn't terribly large, but it offers camping and all sorts of other things like a children's park & garden, dog park, and limited hiking. The highpoint is an overlook just below Eagle Rock which itself sits below Guard BM on its southwest side. These two features are located just outside the park on property managed by the CA National Guard at Camp San Luis Obispo. The Eagle Rock Trail makes a loop going to the overlook. Views in the spring are especially nice when the hills are green and wildflowers in bloom. One can take in the views north to the Los Padres NF and south to the Nine (or seven or some other number, depending on who's counting) Sisters that form a string of volcanic plugs from Morro Rock at the Pacific Ocean inland to Islay Hill in San Luis Obispo. One had to do some minor trespassing to actually visit the highpoint at Guard BM. There are a few small communication installations found there along with a dilapidated set of bleachers that seem out of place. We found no benchmark, though. The outing covered less than three miles and but 500ft of gain in something over an hour. The best part for Jackie was the dog park found at the TH where the road is gated. She made friends with an elderly lady there and spent an hour and half playing catch with her two pit bulls.


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