Leaning Pine Arboretum, Cal Poly

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San Luis Obispo, CA
Leaning Pine Arboretum, Cal Poly
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Leaning Pine Arboretum at Cal Poly is a lovely place to stroll, on the most northern edge of the campus! Little paths wind around, between trees of so many varieties! Many trees have seeds, flowers, or leaves you haven't seen before. There are trees from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and we even saw one from Holland! There's a large lawn with a widowmaker tree that is tall and beautiful. The mountains behind frame the scene. An interesting variety of climates are represented, from desert cactus plants to Northern California pines and redwoods. 

On weekends, you can park in the H14 parking lot, and admire the horses and baby horses at the Equine Center. When walking back from the arboretum, make sure you take the same entrance you came in, otherwise you will get stuck, fenced in among greenhouses!
The entrance to the arboretum is not defined- you just walk past a bunch of random greenhouses and piles of woodchips but you do find it after a short while. They need a fancy entrance gate and path!
After, take a stroll around campus or a walk through a canyon on the Poly Canyon Hike.
Or get a bite to eat in downtown San Luis Obispo. A closer place with many cafes is the University Square area.

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Beautiful trees, including a widowmaker tree, around the lawn.

The English area with a maze.

Large lawn with regal palms and mountain behind.

Line of trees.

Fence with cute design.

Barrel cactus and aloe.

Yellow flowers.

Scrub bottletree.

The Queensland bottletree looks like it has an eye on each side.

Australian bottletree. What a beauty, mate!

Pine from Australia. These are always the best.

Red flowers on eucalyptus forrestiana, also called fuschia gum. Take your pick!

Shady path.

Fan palm, ponytail palm, and columnar cactus, in the cactus garden area.

Distinct leaf shapes of Forest Green oak, that my husband recognized from growing up in Holland!

Shrubs and mountain behind.

Conebush, or leucadendron, in a lovely shade of red.

Mexican sunflowers!

Tall flowers on desert plants.

Redwood trees!

Wooden plank leading to the next section of path.

The lush maze.

Horses and Bishop Peak.

Horse and foal, at the equine center across the street.

Australian Bottle Tree.

Little pods in a tree.

A wide walking path.

Cactus garden and lawn beyond.

Canary palm and shadow.

Cute plant with star-like leaves.

Mexican sunflowers along the path.

Mexican sunflowers and a hill.

Flower sculpture.

Tree with hanging pods.

Widowmaker tree and blue sky.

The maze.

Palm trees, hill, lawn, and blossoming tree.


Leaning Pine Arboretum is located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, at the top of the campus.
You can park nearby in the H14 parking lot on weekends, for free.
It is free to enter the arboretum.
On weekdays, you can park for $8 (you pay at the machine, remembering your license plate number) in any of the "general parking" spaces in the Grand Ave parking structure and walk to the trailhead. If this lot is full (which is often), you can park in the visitor parking lot. It is on the left after you turn on Pacheco Way. You also pay at the machine, entering your license plate number, and the cost is $10 per day.


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