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.
SABRE26 I. on Hazard Reef Trail
Need to update the ap. Dogs are not allowed anymore
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.
Christine M. on Bluff Trail
Easy trail, beautiful views, can be chilly so dress in layers. Earlier in the morning is the best time to go. Had a blast!
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.
Bring a trekking pole to swat away spider webs if you go early in the morning! BEAUTIFUL trail. Favorite I've done in the area so far. We met up with East Boundary via the Hazard Peak trail & then headed down Islay Road back out to Pecho Road. 9 mile loop, highly recommend!
It's been a few years, but I remember it well. It was right after a "controlled" burn by Cal Fire ended up burning several hundred acres. I probably went about 4-5 miles back before calling it quits as it seemed like it could go on forever. The inclines up to the peak were pretty challenging when you get up in elevation. I loved all the Manzanita trees and unique rock formations. You can distinguish the different ancient seabeds that have been exposed over millions of years.