Tri-Tip 3-Peak Challenge

Jan 21, 2023

$45 students / $60 non-students

Join the Poly Escapes community for a summit of three of San Luis Obispo’s most notable peaks and end the day with a tri-tip sandwich! Known as the Tri-tip Challenge, take on this 7-mile SLO rite of passage and enjoy a day of good hiking and better barbeque! Are you ready for the challenge? 


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Skill Level: Intense

Activity Level: Advanced

Trip Highlights

  • A day of hiking SLO’s most notable landmarks 
  • Completion of local tradition (“Tri-tip Challenge”) 
  • Trip-tip will be provided 
  • Quality time with friends and peers 
  • Learn about San Luis Obispo’s geography 


A pre-trip meeting will be held in the weeks prior to the trip. Participants will receive confirmation of a pre-trip date and time after registering.  

At 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, participants will meet on campus in the K Lot (K1) at the base of the Cal Poly P. 

  • Cal Poly P: For the first hike — we will slowly hike the Cal Poly P via the switchback trail. We will rest before descending.  
  • Madonna Hill: For the second hike — participants will drive and meet at Throop Park at 2 p.m. Upon gathering, the group will hike up Madonna Hill via the “Rock Garden” trail. The group will have time to rest before descending.  
  • Bishop Peak: For the third hike — the group will drive and meet at the Highland Bishop Peak trailhead at 4 p.m. We will hike Bishop Peak and rest atop the summit before descending.  
  • Tri-tip: Finally, after completing all three hikes, we will meet at Firestone Grill to eat well-earned tri-tip sandwiches at 6 p.m. 

Transportation will not be provided* 

What's Included

  • First Aid kits
  • Tri-tip sandwiches

Transportation between hikes will not be provided; participants must arrange their own rides. 

What to Bring

  • Sun-protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Hiking or running shoes with traction on dirt 
  • Synthetic or cotton underlayers 
  • Snacks 
  • Two liters of water 
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