The Edna-Price Canyon Trail in Pismo Beach

hikingThe Edna-Price Canyon Trail will connect Pismo Beach to San Luis Obispo, two beautiful Central Coast towns along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail corridor. If you are unfamiliar with the trail, it is 1,200 miles extending from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California. Its history lies with Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, leading more than 240 individuals (men, women and children) on a journey from New Spain to establish a settlement in San Francisco, 1774 to 1776.

Today, you can experience the legacy that connects culture, history and outdoor recreation from Arizona to California.

The San Luis Obispo County portion of the trail is located north of Santa Barbara where Anza and his colonists passed the dunes near Pismo Beach. They traveled the coast for several miles and then took Price Canyon on an inland journey to reach Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Next, they followed San Luis Creek to the top of Cuesta Grade before descending to the Salinas River.

Three campsites used by Anza can be visited today as sights of interest within San Luis Obispo County. They include:

1. Pismo Beach – Expedition Camp #81

Pismo Beach’s coast is made up of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and Pismo State Beach. The northern coastal area connects to Price Canyon, where the site of the Chumash Village of El Buchón is located. This village is where Anza and the colonists camped.

2. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa – Expedition Camp #82

The mission was founded in September 1772. The mission greeted the colonists with “bells, volleys and the singing of the Te Deum.” Today, the mission serves as a parish church and belongs to the Diocese of Monterey. It can be found at the intersection of Monterey St and Chorro St in downtown San Luis Obispo.

3. Santa Margarita River – Expedition Camp #83

North of the city of San Luis Obispo you will find the Scenic Route and Atascadero Trail. Camp #83 was located just past a village at Santa Margarita River and along the Salinas River near Ferrocarril Road in Atascadero.

Learn more about the Anza Trail at

The Edna – Price Canyon Trail

This section of the trail corridor connects Pismo Beach to San Luis Obispo. This trail planning effort is currently underway. According to SLOCOG:

“The overall goal of the project is to prepare a Trail Master Plan for a multi-purpose trail between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach through Edna Valley and Price Canyon. The planning process for the project is expected to be conducted between January 2015 and December 2015, with two rounds of public workshops. The end product will be possible trail alignments, initial design of the trail, and segments that have potential to be built in the near future. The Edna Price Valley Trail project will involve assessing the existing conditions, analyzing opportunities and constraints, and developing design criteria, a draft trail alignment and alternatives as well as developing an implementation strategy.”

You can join the trail planning efforts at

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