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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.

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

4 days ago

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

on Bluff Trail

5 days ago

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

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!

hiking
13 days ago

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

trail running
17 days 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.

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

22 days ago

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

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike.

1 month ago

Beautiful. Eucalyptus grove, mountains and a peek at the ocean. Spring is the perfect time for this trail

So beautiful at the top, so peaceful!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Favorite mountain biking trail so far! Steep and narrow trail. Don't fall to your left or else you'll be rolling down the mountain. Make sure to go early because it does get crowded with bikers and hikers throughout the day. Best to attach a bell to your bike so you'll want to announce your presence from far away. The view uptop was spectacular.

on Valencia Peak Trail

1 month ago

Nice trail. Spectacular views from the top.

1 month ago

Great hike!

Great views

Great hike. Plenty of wildlife to see.

hiking
2 months ago

Hikers stay away this is where Mountain Bikers go to play.

Mountain bikers out number hikers 10 to 1.

trail running
2 months 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, combinations of biodiversity to see; mountains, hills, view of the ocean, we started at the hazardous peak trail and hiked all the way to Islay creek..hiking not hard at all! Love the epic scenery views..!

Beautiful!

Gorgeous views! Well worth the hike.

hiking
3 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 trail! We hiked the 3.0 miles to the peak and back (6 miles total). Never too step of an incline. Nice and gradual the whole way. This is a very popular bike trail, please be aware of that before choosing to hike. We are a hiking & biking family so it’s nice to see trails built for bikers (pavers on several corners on the trail) There are so few that trails that bikes are permitted on, so it’s always nice to see one that is so well liked by bikers. Every biker we encountered used a bike Bell so you could hear them coming and were all so courteous and insisted that we take the right of way. Great views of the coast, Valencia Peak, & Morro Bay from the top. We packed a picnic. There’s a picnic table and benches at the peak. Trailhead even has its own well marked parking lot. Highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

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

walking
4 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.

beautiful trail

walking
4 months ago

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

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