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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
1 day 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!

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.

Fun hike with beautiful views. We walked to Disney/Fat Point and then back to the beach access where there was a cool cove to explore. Not many out today, so it was very quiet and serene.

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.

Awesome hike, but the whole thing was actually about 10 miles round trip.

hiking
23 days ago

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

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. Moderate climb and distance. Very fun descent. Wished it were longer!
Tons of switchbacks mean you can’t admire the scenery, but worth it!

Mountain biking trail. Pretty boring to hike

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
2 months ago

Gorgeous view, very casual walking.

Great trail and awesome view!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, its very kids and stroller friendly. Beautiful trail that takes you along the ocean.

walking
2 months ago

Breathtakingly beautiful! My wife and I had a wonderful time, BUT.. we left the trail a little and cut through some grass and I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake (I saw the tail). Don’t be stupid like me and leave the trail and you’ll be fine.

Los Osos is always beautiful in October. Great hike probably better during week when bikers are at work

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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
3 months 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.

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