10 Extreme Hikes You Can Do Without Being a Pro

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1. Bishop Peak, San Luis Obispo, CA

1,200-foot elevation gain and a 1,560-foot peak
3.7 miles round-trip

Bishop is the tallest of the Nine Sisters (or Morros) on California’s Central Coast. This is a reasonable, though fairly demanding, hike, dominated by a narrow trail, desert, rocks, and sagebrush. It’s most notable for the giant boulder formations at the top: The trail ends at the base of these summit rocks, but a precarious scramble up provides the best views of San Luis Obispo and the other Sisters peaks.

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