Explore the most popular beach trails in Montana De Oro State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

9 hours ago

Nice leisurely walk for the whole family. Ocean views, sometimes a little windy, so bring a jacket.

So beautiful at the top, so peaceful!

on Valencia Peak Trail

18 days ago

Nice trail. Spectacular views from the top.

22 days ago

Great hike!

Great views

Great hike. Plenty of wildlife to see.

trail running
1 month ago

Montaña de Oro is one of my favorite places in SLO County (and thus far on the planet). The Bluff trail is one of many in the vicinity. It has a parking lot on both ends. It is wide, well-used and gorgeous. There is a network of smaller trails that allow you to come closer to the cliffs. When the tide is out, there is a wooden staircase that takes you down to a small beach a little ways down the trail. I recommended going to nearby Spooner’s Cove and to the Spooner’s old ranch home. It is now a museum. It has a small store, some photos of when the land was still used as a ranch and is a recreation of what it may have looked like when the family still lived there.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. definitely moderate at times. Absolutely stunning views as you climb to the peak. Glad it wasn't a hot day when we did it. Very sunny, so bring sunscreen, hat and water. Took us oldies 2.5 hours total. worth every step.

This trail was well marked and had amazing views. In the spring there are beautiful wildflowers. We went on a Sunday and it was busy. Lots of hikers and trail runners. The views are spectacular especially with the green lush hills after rain. The ocean views can’t be beat. Be careful of ticks and poison oak along the edge of the trail. It was abundant when we hiked it. Lots of small and larger poison oak. There is quite a climb but the top of the peak has amazing views. Well worth it.

Beautiful trail.

Beautiful!

Gorgeous views! Well worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome hike with beautiful views and a great work out. It starts out with switchbacks and the last mile or so really works your gluteus maximus.

hiking
3 months ago

Great overall hike, connected to other trails for extra miles. Another great winter day on the central coast ;>)...

walking
3 months ago

Quite beautiful! Had never been here before but went in September and it was pretty! Super easy walk and there are little coves you can hike down to.

walking
3 months ago

Flat trail with beautiful ocean views. Great for picnic/sunset/photography.

Beautiful hike! The first half of the trail is easy walking, and a great view is afforded from midway up. The remainder has some steeper areas that require more strenuous hiking. Gorgeous 360 view from the top. No shade anywhere on the trail, would recommend avoiding midday in the summer. Great birding.

I’m rating it a 3 only because the “Trail” was just a path leading to the beach but you can hike the dunes just as well. The beach and the views get ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ though.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent family walk. Lots of great ocean views. Play at the beach afterwards. Pic nic .
This seems to get busy on the weekends. Come early. Good parking and bathrooms.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail has a gravel base path which is even good for strollers. But foot paths branch off all the way along the coast providing fantastic close up views. Access down to tide pools and inlets provide even better access.
This hike is more about sightseeing than real hiking. it is like one big Big Sur "turn out". Beautiful.

This was an amazing hike! There is so much to see. I will be going back again!

walking
4 months ago

Always beautiful, a well-maintained walking trail on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful views, options to turn off to different loop patterns, surf access at a few points. Don’t miss this one!

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes on the Central coast. It’s a great workout but no scrambling or ridge hiking. Views at the top are incredible. Easy access to Hazard Reef and islay beach.

Grab a burger at House of JuJu in Morro Bay when you are done.

Beautiful trails with sweeping views of the ocean below.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was very soft sand hard to walk in. Not much to see. Very unscenic.

The hike to the top was great, difficult but doable for after holiday sluggishness! LOTS of people when I went. Which is fine but sometimes I prefer more solitude. Some geocaches along the way if you like that. Fossils to spy in the rocks. Leave them there for other hikers. Lots of lovely sagebrush to smell along the way.

Great view!!!!! Worth every minute.

hiking
4 months ago

Great ocean views. path is easy for all ages. Tide pools available but very jagged.

For a new hiker this was challenging, but not impossible. Beautiful view of Morro Bay, and depending on when you go you may run into some camp KEEP students!

walking
6 months ago

Gorgeous view, very casual walking.

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