birding

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nature trips

walking

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wild flowers

wildlife

trail running

kid friendly

no dogs

beach

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful view every step. Well maintained paved trail that's fairly flat. Be careful, we did see a rattlesnake crossing the path in the morning.

12 days ago

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16 days ago

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17 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

A short, but sweet hike. If you start in the morning, you will almost certainly begin in the fog. The ascent begins easily enough, though it is fairly steep to a false summit and then to Victoria Peak itself. About halfway through the hike we had risen through the fog and had great views of the hills further inland as well as those both up and down the coast (though the coast was still fogged in). If you go later in the day, you may catch a better view, though it will be hot.

hiking
24 days ago

What a beauty of a trail! Very easy and amazing views.

hiking
25 days ago

If the coast is socked in with fog this hike is disappointing as far as views go. If you are looking for a nice workout this hike is fantastic.

walking
25 days ago

Lá semana pasada

hiking
26 days ago

Easy trail high on the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Amazing sea views with a hidden sea cave

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I believe this was my first hike when I moved back to SLO COUNTY and was living in Los Osos. Not for the faint of heart and definitely bring lots of water. It goes way back so best to hike with a partner and bring a phone just in case. Moderate inclines and great views once you get up in the mountains.

Nice trail, gradual uphill for 5 miles then a gradual decent down. The loop on the way down was a little overgrown. A lot of mountain bikers but they all had bells on them so no problem. Decent down was nice because of the ocean breeze