This hike isn't in the Los Padres, but it does have some killer views from the top of the peak and is a good, quick and dirty close to town hike for those who are too far of a drive to the LP. Also, with a 1,559 foot summit it's a decent butt kicker. Especially in July, when we went when it was 80 degrees outside and humid as all hell thanks to some tropical storm remnants. Blah.
Bishop Peak is the tallest of the Nine Sisters, volcanic morros (or plugs) that stretch from Morro Bay into San Luis Obispo. It is in the Bishop Peak Natural Area. Horses are not allowed, but dogs are ok- Be wary during the summer time though because there is little shade, and it is a hot climb in direct sunlight. We made it up and down in a little over 2 hours, even with stopping to screw around a few times and once to watch Alex try (unsuccessfully) to pet a cow. He did manage to get a selfie with said cow without being maimed so that is a win.
We successfully Bagged the Peak and lived to tell about it.
Oh here... A map! With both trailheads, you pick!