Explore the most popular hiking 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.

A very nice trail I would rate moderate. I ascended with a portion of the Valencia Peak trail to get a better workout and avoided that route down in order to save the knees. I look forward to returning in April to see the wildflowers.

hiking
10 days ago

The Bluff Trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and Pacific Ocean. This hike of the Bluff Trail is well worth doing, best in the spring when everything is blooming and it is not too hot, it was foggy on this particular day. This trail has both ticks and Poison oak as hazards if you get too close to the sides or go off trail. Rattlesnakes are very common here.
I actually was on three different trails, I started on the Bluff trail at the southern end, then switched to the Badger Trail to go inland for awhile. Then, I switched to the Rattlesnake Flats trail to head towards my car.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

The trail would be amazing if it was maintained. I got almost half way up when I had to stop because the over growth was to gnarly. Luckily found a cool trail through the eucalyptus that made it worth it. But cut back this trail please!

hiking
13 days ago

This trail was very clean and wide at sections. You are deceived at first by a big mountain that is just the small peak before the actual Valencia peak. make sure to bring hiking poles, slippery on the way down.

16 days ago

easy hike, good views, great temperature, too manny people.

Great hike with ocean views

Nice trail - better in winter as it doesn’t have much shade

Loved this trail. It was a good workout with the reward of stunning views. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view from the trail. This trail is rated moderate. I hate to see what hard is. Take lots of water and enjoy the scenery. We are beginners so It was hard for us but we were able to conquer it. I would recommend this.

Love this trail wonderful views and easy enough for YaYa and her 7 & 5 yr old grandsons

backpacking
1 month ago

An awesome trail that cuts through the inner valleys of the backside hills in Montana de Oro. Moderate elevation gain, and a few areas where footing can get a bit rough (loose dirt), but overall a relatively easy and well-maintained views. Really nice ocean views in the latter portions of the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Very enjoyable hike... Loved how even though the parking lot was full, we were the only people out hiking on this particular trail.
DO pay attention while you're out here though. On our way back we encountered a mountain lion crossing the path. Pretty sure he was headed to get a drink, but wow!
:)

2 months ago

incredible views. very cold even in July

on Valencia Peak Trail

2 months ago

just hiked this one earlier today. fog was a view killer, but it was nice and cool. I will be back, for sure.

Awesome hike! Beautiful display of native vegetation. Expect to share the trail with mountain bikers.

I did this hike on 7-11-18 and it was fantastic! I definitely highly recommend it for all levels of hikers.

Solid 10 mile hike, not too technical, great views, fun workout..

nature trips
2 months ago

Pristine coastline, lots of CA sea otters, level gravel trail, fresh sea air.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful view of the costal mountains and ocean. We went when there was costal fog, so we didn't really get to see the true beauty of the ocean, but still an amazing view. mostly uphill, so if you are not used to hiking this probably wouldn't be the easiest of hikes for beginners. but overall we very much enjoyed the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

very easy hike. we enjoyed the whole trip from start to end. the coastal mist made the vegetation really stand out. this would be perfect, if you are looking for a little exercise with beautiful views. this trail splits off into other trails as well, we chose to go on the Oat Summit trail from here.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Me and my wife's favorite trail. Easy ride, awesome views.

It’s was beautiful. But watch out for snakes!! Next time we go back we’ll finish the whole thing! Lol

3 months ago

Awesome! easy and accessible for people with limited mobility. Gorgeous views!

on Bluff Trail

3 months ago

had so much fun on the bluffs. gorgeous flowers and lots of birds.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic 4.2 mile loop trail with a great view of the ocean and coastal mountains. Be mindful there is poison oak along side the trail and some loose rock on steeper sections. There is a bench on top of the peak thanks to an Eagle Scout's project. Took a little less than 2 hours total, I will be revisiting this hike again soon!

on Bluff Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail with gorgeous views. A bit windy and can get cooler. So bring an extra layer.

trail running
3 months ago

This is an awesome trail with amazing views at the summit. The scenery is diverse and the elevation gain is not too painful if you pace yourself. It is fairly gradual. Just a ways before the summit, the trail opens up to an impressive valley with a cliff on the right hand side. There are a lot of mountain bikers who use this trail. If you are hiking or running, be aware. Most have bells, but not all.

3 months ago

Breathtaking bluffs. Easy walk along the cliffs. we did spot 2 snakes, a rattlesnake and another beautifully patterned one.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike.

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