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Russ H reviewed Valencia Peak Trail
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It was a great 4 to 5 miles hike, with incredible 360 views and benches to sit and enjoy your time while taking a break. I hiked in April saw two snakes, don't bother them and move along; you’ll be fine.

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Zac Rice reviewed Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail
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Bathrooms open. Kid and stroller friendly. Saw a small snake. Beautiful views.

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Maya Velasco reviewed Valencia Peak Trail
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gorgeous views; rocky, foggy, and windy going up the peak but worth it!

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Kathleen Aldridge reviewed Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive
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Absolutely beautiful! Great way to start the weekend! Love Bishops Peak!!

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Good trail. Rocky at the top and easy, quick down.

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Jessica Gaubatz reviewed Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail
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Beautiful views! well maintained trails

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This is an extremely difficult steep hike!!! There should be a danger warning!!!! I started by shell beach and went down off the ridge near pirates cove. Beware of tons of loose gravel. I’ve never seen a drop off on a hiking trail so steep in my entire life. You’d be better off skiing this slope!! I was not prepared for the sudden practically vertical drop and ended up falling super bad coming down the hill. I sprained my ankle and my elbows are extremely scraped up. I will never be hiking this trail ever again. Like yeah... it’s pretty... but absolutely not worth the intense inclines!!! I do not recommend at all!! But if you do go, be extra careful and take it slow! I’m still traumatized from this hike

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Luke Lee reviewed Cerro Alto Trail Loop
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This trail definitely had beautiful scenic vista outlooks. We did the reverse of the trail as the original is very very very steep. Even on the reverse it was steep as well, but in comparison a more gradual continuous incline. Quite a few rock scrambles. It was a gorgeous day and folx were nice on trail lots of dogs as companions. I would not grade this an easy hike, more like moderate with some strenuous pushes here and there

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Incredible tide pool views. Very blue water. Saw three whales blowing early April from coastline. Driving through eucalyptus forest to get there was a surreal experience.

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Kelly Carpenter reviewed San Simeon Bay Trail
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Talk to friends of mine out to the point for the very first time. They are from the central valley and don’t get to see stuff like this all the time and they were amazed.

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Great hike...always climbing

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Elizabeth Brickey reviewed Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive
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The weather was so nice and the view was amazing

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Good hike. Went on a Thursday and not too crowded. This hike is 5 miles out and back - not the 3.5ish that was described here. It was good however!

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Elena Lopez reviewed Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail
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Nesting guillemots and wildflowers in bloom on this spring day.

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Grew up here, used to play out back when there were horses on the hill. Still beautiful, but its popularity has greatly increased the level of trash :(

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Andrew Neyer reviewed Valencia Peak Trail
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Nice little hike! Beautiful views the whole way with a nice breeze.

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Beautiful conditions with moderate foot traffic. Zero wind

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Jan Bruggenkamp reviewed Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail
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Great trail... ada accessible ... wide path that hugs the coastline... very picturesque.

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The trail is great, but there are certain spots that are difficult. We carried our 1.5 year old in a carrier backpack and it was challenging. The initial incline is very steep and there is some loose gravel which makes it hard. The descent is steep, narrow and has loose gravel as well. Great views, good workout, and fun hike. But , if you struggle with steep hills and loose terrain, then consider another trail.

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Jan Bruggenkamp reviewed Valencia Peak Trail
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Badger trail was great starting point... New to hiking... Valencia Trail did become a bit to steep for my skill level but it was beautiful! Can’t wait to make it to the top!

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Bailey Theisen reviewed Valencia Peak Trail
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Pretty rocky towards the top but so much fun!

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Natalie Galante reviewed Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail
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Such a great hike to do with the family! Gorgeous vistas. Take the stairs down to the tidepools and beach and observe Sunburst anenome, Pacific purple sea urchin, mussels. We found a lone pink bat star starfish as well. Such a beautiful area, very breezy, so bring a windbreaker.

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Doug Beck reviewed Valencia Peak Trail
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Awesome!

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Tony Hughes reviewed Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail
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Easter crowd. Many with COVID 19 protect some without. Very busy for this day. The secret is an early start to get parking. ML

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Aly W reviewed Cerro Alto Trail Loop
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This hike was epic. Challenging, steep, well worth my time! I definitely want to go back and try to beat my time. Jogged all the way back down. Not too crowded, I maybe saw 6-7 people total. Went super early to beat the heat. I definitely should have brought more than 32oz of water and would leave my jacket in the car next time. Beautiful views at the summit. Hit some traffic on the drive back to paso due to roadwork, but took the opportunity to blast some tunes and salivate thinking about what I was going to grub out on after this lovely, strenuous hike.

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Kristin Moreira reviewed Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail
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Beautiful as ever, even when foggy. The poppies are starting to bloom and I saw a bunny. It started to get more crowded around 10. Restroom was open.

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