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.
We did the Hazard peak- islay creek trail. The hike would be something I classify as easy . This was a good hike to do after a few months of a break. The grade is very gentle and before we knew it we were at the peak. The second half of the hike is also pretty.
However, be aware of ticks. I am not sure when a tick got onto me during the hike. I discovered the tick a few hours when it started biting me . (This is despite wearing long pants, full sleeved shirt and a hat!)
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!