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.

hiking
6 days ago

great spot! very accessible and amazing views!

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Easy trail with beautiful views.

14 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike with a nice view.

walking
19 days ago

Plenty of spots to go off the main trail and head down to the water. Great tide pools with tons of crabs, fishes, eels, anemones, and other marine life. Stunning ocean views and interesting geology.

great trail. just go early enough as it closes at 4:45pm

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail! We didn't make it up to the old log cabin. Next time for sure. A little overgrown and not well trafficked. A majority of the trail is under thick coverage of oak trees and brush making it feel like your walking through a tunnel. Visibility on the trail to your sides is pretty limited. I could hear the creek (and lots of critters) moving through the brush but couldn't see it for good portions of the trail. The bridge crossings were cool! We only made it to 4 of the bridges.

It was Memorial Day and I was surprised how sparse the trail was with other hikers. I definitely recommend wearing pants not shorts and a long sleeve shirt or jacket because of poison oak all along trail. Also, got home and found a tick on me. Good to be prepared but this is just Southern California hiking. Definitely will go back!

hiking
26 days ago

perfect views.