birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running

no dogs

kid friendly

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.

walking
7 hours ago

hiking
9 hours ago

hiking
7 days ago

I chose this trail because of the geocaching it had available. I hiked the entire trail. I parked across road from trail head near the turn off for Sand Spit. When I came out other end I then took a trail on west side of road through the dunes to get back to my car. Was a great hike and I found lots of geocaches and had a great workout! A perfect day.

trail running
8 days ago

First time out at Point Buchon. Friendly guide at the check in. Gorgeous views all over the place. Rather random trail end, but worth the trip to the end of MDO.

Such a beautiful and scenic trail with ocean views! Very mild and easy trail to enjoy! I am seven months pregnant and this was a perfect 5 mile round trip hike that still gave me a good workout. We are adding this hike to our list as a must hike again trail if we are in this area!

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

The view from the peak is nice, although I’m not a big fan of the areas vegetation with small and short bushes. I found it way less crowded that other two trails that I’ve tried in this area. The last part to the summit could be pretty challenging.

hiking
22 days ago

For beginner level this is a good challenging walk. beautiful views as we walk along the rocks and beach area.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

I didn't do the full loop on this first visit here but the views of the ocean look like they can't be beat! There is also a beach access portion right near the beginning of the trail that features some small sea caves to check out. Cool sink hole feature on the trail to check out too just past the beach access. Beware of fog rolling in quickly sometimes. But the limited accessibility of this trail makes it quite unique and semi-secluded!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago