Path of the Padres- boat ride and hike
The California State Parks staff at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area will again be leading the popular "Path of the Padres" hikes for the public on Saturdays and Sundays starting February 18th and will run through April 2nd 2017. These hikes are open to the public, ages 6 years and older, by advance reservation only. Call 209-826-1197 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 9-3 for reservations. There is a fee of $20.00 per person which includes the park entry fee. Space may be limited, so early reservations are recommended. Scheduled hikes may be canceled if minimum number of hikers is not met or do to weather concerns. The hike begins at the Los Banos Creek Reservoir boat launch ramp at 8 a.m. and returns to the ramp about 3:30 p.m.
A pontoon boat carries passengers for about 30 to 40 minutes to the west end of the reservoir. Along the way, short stops are made so the hikers can observe wildlife along the shore. This 5 mile hike is moderately strenuous and will take approximately five hours. Because Los Banos Creek is crossed several times during the hike, footwear may get wet. Please prepare for your adventure by bringing layers, a hat, sunscreen, a lunch and a minimum of two quarts of water.