Visit Montaña de Oro State Park Hiking Trails San Luis Obispo California
Montaña de Oro State Park has dramatic ocean bluffs and summits with sweeping views. The park covers over 8,000 acres and has 7 miles of undeveloped coastline, making it a rare treasure on the California Coast. There is one road into the park, entering from the north from the town of Los Osos, which is just west of the city of San Luis Obispo. For those staying... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 1, 2015
Coon Creek Trail Montaña de Oro State Park hike Coon Creek Canyon Montana de Oro San Luis Obispo California
Coon Creek Trail explores a coastal canyon at the south end of Montaña de Oro State Park. The trail heads inland for 2.5 miles to a pleasant grove of Monterey cypress at the site of an old homestead that has since disappeared. Take a break in the shade of the cypress trees before turning around for a 5-mile round trip hike with 250 feet of elevation gain. Junctions... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
Oats Peak Trail Montaña de Oro State Park summit hike New Oats Peak Trail San Luis Obispo California
Oats Peak is the second highest summit in Montaña de Oro State Park, a full 26 feet taller than Valencia Peak, which is probably the park's favorite summit for hikers. Oats Peak is located a couple miles inland of Valencia Peak, sporting smaller ocean views and greater views over the Irish Hills, the canyons and ridges making up the interior of the Montaña de Oro State... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
Reservoir Flats Trail Montaña de Oro State Park Islay Creek Canyon Islay Creek Campground hike
Montaña de Oro State Park has every type of hike you could want, ranging from easy oceanfront strolls to difficult summit ascents. If you're feeling like goldilocks and want something in the middle (just right), check out Reservoir Flats Trail, a 2-mile loop with 200 feet of elevation gain that is conveniently located just behind the park visitor center. The trail... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 14, 2015
Islay Creek Campground Montaña de Oro State Park Camping Los Osos Camp San Luis Obispo California
Montaña de Oro State Park preserves a stunning stretch of the California's Central Coast where the Irish hills meet the Pacific Ocean. Picturesque bluffs and sandy coves dominate the coastline. On the inland side of the park, there are charming peaks and canyons. Within the park's largest canyon, Islay Creek Canyon, you'll find Islay Creek Campground. The... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
Hazard Peak Loop Hazard Peak Trail East Boundary Barranca Trail Islay Creek Trail Montaña de Oro State Park hike
The hike up and down Hazard Peak Trail delivers a heavy dose of ocean views. While it could be argued that this 6-mile round trip hike is the finest trek to the summit of Hazard Peak, you may wish to consider elongating that hike to a 9.2-mile loop that returns to the coast via Islay Creek Trail in the adjacent Islay Creek Canyon. Sacrificing a second helping of ocean... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
Hazard Peak Trail Montaña de Oro State Park summit hike
Montaña de Oro State Park is packed with so many picturesque places that it can be difficult to settle on just one day hike. However, if you are looking for broad, unobstructed view over Morro Bay, you should feel compelled to set out for the top of Hazard Peak. Looking north from this coastal 1,076-foot summit, you won't see anything even half as tall as Hazard Peak... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
Islay Creek Trail Montaña de Oro State Park hike
There are a couple lengthy level hikes in Montaña de Oro State Park. If you desire ocean views, you can't do any better than the Bluff Trail. If you would rather hike up a canyon flanked by thousand foot-peaks along a creek that even has a small waterfall, the fitting trail is Islay Creek Trail. The rolling 3-mile long dirt road has 300-feet of easy elevation change. ... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
Valencia Peak Trail Montaña de Oro State Park hike
At 1,347 feet, Valencia Peak is one of the highest summit in Montaña de Oro, but it may provide the best views of the park's stunning shoreline and inviting inland peaks. This is a fairly epic hike, despite being just 3.7-miles round trip. There is 1,275 feet of elevation to tackle along the way, with a few level steps allowing you to catch your breath amidst the scenic... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
Dune Trail Montaña de Oro State Park Hazard Canyon Reef hike tide pools trail Los Osos California San Luis Obispo
For a quick one-mile jaunt in Montaña de Oro State Park, hike down Dune Trail to Hazard Canyon Reef. At the bottom of this oceanfront ravine there is a rocky shoreline graced with engaging tide pools. Explore up or down the coast to extend your stay, or settle in for a picnic on the sandy beach. The postcard views of Morro Rock are a good reason to stick around.The... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 30, 2015

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