birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running

kid friendly

beach

no dogs

This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner's Cove, across from the campground. The park's name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.

22 days ago

Super easy with spectacular views! Can be crowded. Popular with runners.

walking
27 days ago

Easiest trail with some of the most stunning views of our coast!

Gorgeous views, saw deer and a coyote.

on Hazard Reef Trail

1 month ago

Need to update the ap. Dogs are not allowed anymore

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, I think we missed a turn because it just kinda ended in a clearing. I have a new GPS, and will try again, because it is worth another try.

Since I was a little kid going to Morro Bay, I have always wanted to see it from the other side of the bay, and I was not disappointed. It was roped off for the plovers, but it didn't get in the way, and still allowed us to make the loop at the end. Be warned, it is entirely beach sand, so although it is a 10mi hike, it feels like more, but at least the only climb is back to the parking lot.

Lovely trail! Not the best marked and the app has you park across the street from the start of the trail. It is mostly sand trails but the terrain is easily walkable with only a short incline mostly at the start of the trail. There is lots of poison oak and I'd recommend long pants if you are super sensitive to it as it was unavoidable at times.

Loved it! Decided to hike this on a whim. Did not disappoint even though it was foggy at the top it's a beautiful hike!

walking
2 months ago

Great trail with breath taking views! About 4.2 miles round trip, dress in layers. It can be windy near the water.

on Bluff Trail

3 months ago

Easy trail, beautiful views, can be chilly so dress in layers. Earlier in the morning is the best time to go. Had a blast!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

My friend and I went up the Rattlesnake Flats trail and came down the Coon Creek trail, which makes a really nice 4 mile loop in total, with a moderate beginning and easy middle and end. Beautiful views of the ocean and ravine, lots of lizards, rabbits, birds, and butterflies.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views!