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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.

Hiked on a clear day. Lots of switch backs, but view of the Pacific and Morro Bay is fantastic once you get to the top. Over all a great hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Perfect time of the year to do this hike I think. The weather was perfect. It wasn't too strenuous. The views were amazing. All in all, a great hike! Definitely worth it. Folks should consider this one in fall or winter. I feel summer would be too miserable considering the fact that the sun literally, beat down on us the entire time. I wouldn't want that during summer. It was great to see the amount of bikers and joggers on this one.

Great trail any time of year, once you get to the top there are great 360 views. If you feel like going a bit further once you are towards the top, there is a trail that takes you to the next peak, Oats Peak.

hiking
24 days ago

easy hiking, great for kids, accessible. a couple points to go down to tidepools.

Great, but difficult hike with a wonderful view at the top! Wear good hiking shoes!

hiking
27 days ago

fantastic trail easy for the whole family and features fantastic views. Be sure to visit the tide pools along the way.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful and not hard. Mostly full sun exposure, we were happy temperatures were 80. Sunscreen a must. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walking but so many spectacular views. Access to tide pools too.

Pretty cool hike. Can be cold at the top but the view is very nice

1 month ago

Very nice view at the top!

1 month ago

Was very beautiful, I’m so glad I went. Very flat ground but very far to walk !

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Ends up being closer to 9 miles if you do oats peak as well. The oats peak portion is definitely more on the hard side. Pairs well with Coon Creek trail since it's a breeze.

hiking
1 month ago

Today we ended up doing the entire Coon Creak trail then climbed Oak Peak Summit. It was such a beautiful hike. It did get really hot towards the peak, so bring a camelback or a Canteen of water. Not much shade at the peak. The views are breathtaking. The Oat Peak is challenging since it is 2 miles upward. The peak ended up being around 110 floors. Enjoy the views!

hiking
2 months ago

We had a beautiful, clear morning- stunning views, good workout!

Gorgeous and quick! Must do trail

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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!
:)

4 months ago

incredible views. very cold even in July

on Valencia Peak Trail

4 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.

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