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he beach itself is less than 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long and sheltered in San Luis Bay, which is formed by Point San Luis on the west and Fossil Point on the east. Avila Beach faces south and the 600 foot elevation of Point San Luis breaks the prevailing northwesterly winds. It is therefore usually warmer than the other beaches on the Central Coast. Most of Avila Beach is undeveloped, except for a few blocks adjacent to the beach with homes, hotels, and small businesses, and a few recently built upscale housing developments inland, near a golf course. Avila Beach is also known for its hot springs, which are used for resort spas. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 6.0

square miles (15.6 km²), 99.71% of it land, and 0.29% of it water. Avila has three piers: Avila Beach Pier, 1,685 feet long, intended for tourist

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Diablo Canyon Power Plant, one of the two nuclear power plants in California is located in a remote part of the Avila Beach unincorporated area, about 6 miles northwest of the beach itself. In the late 1990s, Unocal began the cleanup of decades old oil seepage discovered years earlier from corroding pipes under the township, and which had caused a massive and toxic oil spill under the town. Over

6,750 truckloads of contaminated material was sent to a Bakersfield Landfill, and replaced with clean Guadalupe Dunes sand. Many of the town’s homes and

truckloads of contaminated material was sent to a Bakersfield Landfill, and replaced with clean Guadalupe Dunes sand. Many of the town’s homes and businesses, including entire Front Street and Front Street mile wide excavation. After years of negotiation, Unocal agreed to a thirty million dollar settlement, which

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strolling and recreational fishing, Harford Pier, a national historic structure designated by the California State Historic Preservation Office,[5] which is for commercial fishing boats to offload their wares since 1873,[6] and the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly SLO) Pier, part of the university’s marine research program and not publicly accessible.

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trouble is a San Luis Obispo Beach”

has been used to rebuild the town. Today, new buildings, homes, businesses, modern walkways and sea motif walls and benches take their place. A Sea Life Center welcomes visitors to explore the local ocean inhabitants up close.. The city holds the Clam Festival every October, Avila Beach was the primary shooting location for the 1979 film California Dreaming,

which starred Dennis Christopher, Glynnis O’Connor, and Seymour Cassel. Pismo Beach adopted the name “Clam Capital of the World” in the 1950s. The city holds the Clam

Festival every

October, complete with clam chowder competitions and a clam-themed parade. At the southern end of Price Street upon first entering Pismo Beach, a gigantic concrete clam statue greets visitors. Clamming once drew thousands of clammers to the beach during low tides and is still legal; however, due to overharvesting by humans and the protected sea otter (which feasts on clams), few clams are to be found. An 8 inch shell of the Pismo clam (Tivela stultorum) is on display at the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce. In “Ali Baba Bunny”, Bugs Bunny and his travelling companion Daffy Duck emerge from a burrow, believing they have arrived at Pismo Beach “and all the clams we can eat”. In the TV movie “Dragnet 1966”, Bill Gannon retires to Pismo Beach due

to poor health. After eight months and three weeks of eating Pismo Beach clam chowder, Bill’s health returns, his teeth stop falling out and he is able to be reinstated with the LAPD. Explain-

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ishop Peak is a 1,546 feet (471 m) volcanic plug near San Luis Obispo, California. It is the tallest of the Morros or “Nine Sisters”, a chain of similar peaks stretching to Morro Bay. It takes its name from its resemblance to a bishop’s miter, and is frequently referred to by locals as “Bishop’s Peak”. Like the other Morros, Bishop Peak is primarily composed of dacite. Over 20 million years ago, magma welled up underneath a layer of softer rock and solidified. The softer overlying rock has since eroded away, leaving a distinct rugged shape. Bishop Peak’s thin, rocky soil supports many plants that are not common in the surrounding area. Vegetation includes an Oak woodland, sage scrub and chaparral. Woodland areas are composed of species like coast live oak and California bay trees, as well as poison oak and California blackberry. Scrub areas support many aromatic varieties of sagebrush, coyote bush, and monkeyflower. Bird life includes large numbers of jays and other passerine birds, as well as birds of prey including golden eagles, bald eagles, owls and vultures. Animals include deer, raccoons and opossums as well as predators like foxes, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lion. In the past some quarrying has taken place, primarily to provide stone for the nearby city of San Luis Obispo. Granite from the quarry can be found along curbs in most of the city’s older neigh-

borhoods and on several extant structures, most notably, First

Presbyterian Church. Currently Bishop

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Article By: Wikipedia Peak Natural Reserve includes 350 acres (1.4 km2) of land purchased or donated since 1977. There are several trails in the Open Space with trail heads on Patricia Drive and at the end of Highland Drive. The Felsman Loop trail covers the North East base and connects with Bishop Peak Trail which climbs the South slope to the summit. There is a third possible trail head on Foothill Blvd. accessing a steep fall line trail on private property which intersects the Bishop Peak Trail partway up. There are many places to hike and mountain bike in San Luis Obispo. The Santa Lucia mountains and the “Nine Sisters” offer many beautiful views of the city and the countryside. The two most popular hikes are Bishop Peak (no bikes allowed) and Cerro San Luis (multiple biking trails). If you’re interested in other mountain biking trails around the county check out the list at CCCMB [17], a volunteer organization that creates and maintains trails countywide. Walk or bike to Poly Canyon. Located on the north east side of the Cal Poly campus. Poly Canyon is a hilly, open, grassy area where many Cal Poly engineering and architecture students have constructed senior projects. The road up can be reached by taking the

main road towards the Poly Canyon Village housing complex and taking a right before the road dips down the hill on a smaller road with a gate that quickly turns to dirt/gravel. Public vehicles are not allowed to drive on it, though be alert for university vehicles travelling up and down on occasion and student runners/cyclists.Take Los

Osos Valley Road 10 miles west of town to a park named one of the state’s best-kept

secrets by the L.A. Times a few years back, and with good reason; it’s filled with an abundance of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails both along the ocean along the bluffs and inland into the coastal peaks; a dramatic cove with caves that kids and adults love; and miles of sandy beach and tidal pools. Trails range from casual ambles along the bluffs to the steep climbs up Valencia and Oats Peaks. Oats is the longer hike (about 5.5 Article offers views of Valencia against the Pacific, as well as northward and eastward to the Nine Sisters and Cuesta Ridge; the trail also is less steep. A terrific nine-mile loop can be made by continuing over the summit to the Coon Creek trail, then crossing back in front of the range along Rattlesnake Flats Trail. TAKE WATER! The “Mountain of Gold” also reigns as a popular out-and-back destination for the many road cyclists in the county, but cyclists ride westward early as strong winds pick up through Los Osos Valley in the early afternoon. Cerro San Luis Obispo is a 1,292 feet (394 m) mountain in San Luis Obispo, California. It is part of the chain of peaks called the Nine Sisters, and is often referred to as San Luis Mountain, Mount San Luis, or Madonna Mountain. It is a popular spot for mountain biking and hiking, offering spectacular views and steep terrain. There is a wide dirt road traversing the mountain that leads to the peak. Right below the west side of the visible peak, there is a fairly large plateau with a large wooden stage on the east end. A large white “M” is present on the east face, which derives from the Mission School and not Madonna as most believe. There are are good.

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