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Islay Creek Hazard Peak Loop Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 1,315 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (75)
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Recordings (85)
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Donald Klein
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Nice loop trail that takes you around the perimeter of the park. fairly open and exposed, so if it's a hot day pack plenty of water. Another reviewer mentioned something about a picnic table, but we never saw it. When you hit the back of this loop you can either bear to the right and follow the loop back, or you can actually continue on straight even deeper into the park. That trail will also loop around and dump out onto the same fire road that walks you out. So instead of 8 1/2 mi, it's closer to 10 mi all the way around. Because most of the trail is open and exposed, we found it difficult to find a good place for lunch, and had to improvise with a picnic blanket under a pack of scrub oaks we found (One of the few shady spots that didn't have poison oak underneath them). The first three quarters of the hike are up and down with a pretty rapid descent, but then the last quarter is pretty flat along an open road, which is a nice relief after a lot of single track.

Shannon Montague
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Hiking

Fantastic hike. Not too much incline, just right for a nice long day out. At 5.1 miles there is a picnic table, so bring lunch!

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David Wilson
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Mountain bikingOver grown

Nice ride. Wouldn’t recommend for beginners due to the rocky and technical descent as you work back to the starting point. Additionally there is way too much poison oak for my comfort - I would think a crash or simple mishap that gets you off-trail would definitely lead to an exposure - at least on half of the trail. Plan to decon with some technu afterwards and don’t touch your bike tires for a long time. That said, it’s a we’ll planned trail with plenty of work to start, with the trail leveling off right when you need it to at times for a breather. Scenery is great with some breathtaking views of the ocean, Morro Bay, the strand that creates the bay, and Morro Rock in the distance. At the trail head there are some mini cowbells that you can use (Velcro’s to the handle bar) as it’s a multi-use trail with hikers, serious trail runners, and mountain bikers. Replace the bells after the ride - love this idea! FYI: I have a 57 Lb. eBike and I forgot to charge the battery, so I was in major conserve mode. I had three out of five bars showing. I was able to do all of the climbing w/o power except for about three short, steep climbs where I powered up. I made it back with two bars remaining. Oh, I forgot to start recording at the beginning of the ride so it was just a bit longer than what is indicated...

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Rebecca O'Neill
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HikingNo shade
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Kelly Skinner
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Hiking

Went on this trail for the first time today. I have to say it’s one of my favorite trails. The views are great!!!!

Brian Davison
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Abe Wiebe
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Bre Johnston
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Hiking

Breath taking and crisp weather for a magical hike!

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DC Hassett
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HikingNo shade

Fun 8 mile trail with a nice breeze throughout. First 2/3 of the hike is a shared single track hiking/biking/horse trail. Great views throughout the first first third, and a the occasional nice view on the second third. Last third was a road just to get back

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Joe Erickson
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HikingOver grownRocky

My son and I enjoyed this hike and we were lucky to see a rattlesnake, a black tail stag deer and 3 young mountain lions running along and then crossing a dirt road and escaping down into a ravine. We surprised the buck and it took off in the brush scarring the SH** out of my son. Pretty cool and eventful hike.

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Clara Bonetti
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HikingRocky

Great extended loop with beautiful views. As others have noted, Hazard’s Peak is popular amongst mountain bikers so expect to hear the bells and get off to the side. The hike is moderate with steady inclines and only difficult in that it feels long! Definitely recommend!

The Dollyamas
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Hiking

Gentle grades, well maintained and not too challenging. I’d rate it as Moderate vs Difficult. Not much shade. Recommend staring by going on the north side of the loop/clockwise.

mark pestrella
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Leah Karl
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Hiking

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

Sumer Conger
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Hiking

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

Nic Wouldntuliketoknow
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Amorina Garcia
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Super fun! Great views all around

Aditi G
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Hiking

We did the Hazard peak- islay creek trail. The hike would be something I classify as easy . This was a good hike to do after a few months of a break. The grade is very gentle and before we knew it we were at the peak. The second half of the hike is also pretty. However, be aware of ticks. I am not sure when a tick got onto me during the hike. I discovered the tick a few hours when it started biting me . (This is despite wearing long pants, full sleeved shirt and a hat!)

Stephanie Eberly
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Hiking

Loved this. Easy climb and friendly bikers. Great views all around.

Nathan D
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As mentioned in other reviews, Hazard peak is a 6 mile round trip that is very straightforward. Lots of sun exposure throughout make for a very warm hike, and mountain bikers will come down the hill very fast. The views are however quite nice, pleasant hike.

Ashley McRoy
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Horseback riding

Nice long trail for a good trail ride. Beautiful views for sure! Parts of the trail were pretty narrow up on the ridge with steep, deep drop offs, which made us a little nervous being on horseback. But so worth it! Definitely would do again.

Sierra Greenman
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Hiking
First to Review

Hazard Peak is a nice long hike in Montana de Oro that has gorgeous views on your way to the summit and of course once you've reached the top of the summit. Not sure why this is attached to another trail on this site, it was only called Hazard Peak when I hiked it and the trail is very well marked. Perhaps there is a split off that I missed where you can take another trail. On Hazard Peak trail keep in mind that they allow bikers as well so if you're on foot keep a look out. They can come zooming around the corner of the trail which is what happened to me! I didn't get knocked over but the trail is narrow so just he aware and listen. ;) This 6-mile round trip hike to the summit spreads plentiful ocean views over a 1,025-foot climb that is gorgeous. I liked this trail because it has such variety -- you start out walking on a sandy trail, then you make your way through trees that look like rainbow trees that you see in Maui (my favorite part), followed by a gradual rocky trail (but not nearly as rocky like Bishops) that takes you up to the summit. It's satisfying yet not too taxing. Valentina peak in comparison I felt was more difficult towards the end. Hazard Peak consistently goes up in elevation gradually, giving you a chance to catch your breath. Nearing the top of the summit there are some drop offs by the edge of the trail before you reach some switchbacks around the mountain that eventually lead you to the summit. Be careful as you make your way up this part of the trail (I believe I remember some ropes to the side that gently remind you to keep to the trail) and enjoy your views of the ocean and Valentia Peak along the way. Don't worry it's safe, I just remember feeling slightly nervous during this segment of the hike. You also feel very far away from everything at this point since it is 3 mikes to the peak and during this part you're completely tucked into the mountains, making you feel like you're in a very remote part of Montana de Oro (haunting yet adrenaline rushing feeling). At least for me anyway. Once at the top there is actually 3 or 4 different places to sit. There is a bench and also a few picnic tables, allowing you the opportunity to sit and enjoy the views if you'd like. I'd definitely do this trail again. There is not a lot of foot traffic if you want something you can explore without interruptions and it offers a new peak to explore and conquer. You can also continue on for another mile and a half to East Boundary Trail after you've reached the summit if you'd like. Enjoy!

Anna Levine
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Jesse Brown
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April Remnant
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Hiking
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J M
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Yoyo Lin
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