Islay Creek Trail Montaña de Oro State Park hike
Montaña de Oro State Park has a couple lengthy level hikes. 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. Just before the trail ends at... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 11, 2017
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 State Park and may provide the best panorama of the park's stunning shoreline and inviting inland peaks. The views are epic and the hike is 4.5-miles round trip with 1,275 feet of elevation. An older version of Valencia Peak Trail was 0.4 miles shorter each way, and the new route uses more switchbacks to ease the... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Irish Hills · Los Osos · Ocean Views · Summits · Montaña de Oro State Park
Distance: 4.5 miles · Elevation change: 1275 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2018
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 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 trail begins from Hazard... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 11, 2017
Los Osos Oaks California State Natural Reserve hike San Luis Obispo
The 90-acre Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve protects a pocket of 800-year-old oaks near San Luis Obispo, California. Los Osos Creek Trail, Chumash Trail, and Oak View Trail loop through the park presenting easy hikes between 0.75 and 1.5 miles. The trails pass beneath (and sometimes between) the gangly branches of pygmy oaks, offering quiet hikes through a shady grove. A bridge into... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Los Osos
Distance: 1.5 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 10, 2018
Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve Bayview Loop Trail Los Osos Hike San Luis Obispo Montana de Oro California
The community of Los Osos on the San Luis Obispo County coast is buffered on the south side by an ecological reserve. A 2.6-mile hike through Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve (also called Bayview Ecological Reserve) ascends 800 feet, briefly entering Montaña de Oro State Park at the trail's highest point. The loop travels over ancient sand dunes that became grown over by grasses and brush. ... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 11, 2017
El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Preserve hike boardwalk overlooking Morro Bay Estuary Los Osos Elfin Forest
Elfin Forest Natural Preserve (also know as Los Osos Elfin Forest and El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area) lies between the communities of Morro Bay and Los Osos on the coast of San Luis Obispo County. A mile of boardwalk circles the 90-acre preserve, providing opportunities to gaze across Morro Bay and admire nearby peaks in Morro Bay State Park. There is a thin 80 feet of elevation gain... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 20, 2017
Point Buchon Trail Los Osos Montaña de Oro State Park PG&E opened Point Buchon Trail headland Point Buchon San Luis Obispo California
South of Los Osos and Montaña de Oro State Park is a stunning stretch of coastline that includes the historic headland Point Buchon. The area was closed to the public until 2007 when the landowner, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, opened Point Buchon Trail and began allowing hikers to access the picturesque waterfront. Similar to the Bluff Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park, Point Buchon... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Los Osos · Ocean Views · Montaña de Oro State Park
Distance: 6.8 miles · Elevation change: 75 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 2, 2017
Bluff Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park Bluff Trail Hike Montana de Oro State Park
Montaña de Oro State Park preserves 8,000 acres along the picturesque coast of San Luis Obispo County. This slice of Big Sur is located between Avila Beach and Morro Bay, and is a popular destination for beach-goers, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The dramatic shoreline and thousand-foot mountains provide scenic setting for a host of great trails. Bluff Trail is a level... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: March 3, 2019

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