Point Buchon Trail

EASY 37 reviews

Point Buchon Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Point Buchon is maintained and regulated by PG&E. You cannot use the trail without making a reservation via the PG&E website. Once known as Rancho San Miguelito and Rancho Cañada de Los Osos y Pecho y Islay, this pristine area is situated just south of Coon Creek (Montana de Oro State Park) and west of the Irish Hills on California's Central Coast. This scenic coastal trail has been open to the public since 2007. The Point Buchon trail has over 9,000 years of Native American history. The magnificent headland known as Point Buchon (which means “goiter” in Spanish) was named by the Spaniards after a well-respected Chumash Chief who had a an immense goiter. This prominent headland and thus the trail were named in his honor. This land has been put to agricultural uses from the beginning of human occupation; crops were primarily grown on the coastal terrace, while livestock grazed in the hills further inland. During the 1920s and 1930s, much of the coastal terrace was leased to Japanese farmers. The Japanese continued to farm the land until 1942, when they were involuntarily relocated to internment camps established during World War II. In 1942 Oliver C. Field acquired the Spooner Ranch, which included the lands from California’s Montana de Oro State Park, south to the present-day boundaries of Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Also in the 1940s, he constructed a small dam and pump house along Coon Creek, from which irrigation water was piped to agricultural fields downstream. These structures and many other sites of historic interest are visible today from the Point Buchon Trail. Eventually, Field gave up farming because of difficulties in tapping enough water to irrigate his crops. While this coastal terrace is no longer farmed, rotational grazing is currently being practiced with the use of cows, sheep and goats. Pacific Gas and Electric Company purchased the property in 1986 and opened the Point Buchon trail for everyone to enjoy. In order to preserve and maintain the diversity of the land’s unique resources for generations to come, access to the trail is limited. Hikers can observe animals such as bobcats, coyotes and badgers as a result of PG&E’s predator friendly ranch practices at the site. Wildflowers flourish in the springtime, a benefit of PG&E's rotational grazing practices.

1 month ago

Great easy hike with beautiful scenery!

trail running
3 months ago

I have run & walked this trail. One of the most beautiful trails in the county. I was really struck by the rocky coastline and the wild flowers. The trail is not as well maintained as the Bluff Trail, but that is part of its charm. On the first leg there is beach access. There are is a large cave to check out and beautiful rock formations at low tide.

The land is owned by PG&E. You have to sign-in at the trailhead and sign-out when you leave. In the spring/summer it is open 8-5:00 pm Thursday-Monday. You have to be back at the trailhead by 4:45 pm and they stop allowing people in at 4:00 pm.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the better hikes in the area and very maintained as well!

hiking
6 months ago

Fairly easy, but pretty stroll along the bluff.

Not part of the park. Separate property. Hours 8a to 4p.

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful

7 months ago

Most beautiful hike I’ve been on! Highly recommend

hiking
7 months ago

There is no reservation required. There is a check in booth, they limit access daily so if it’s nice out come early. Good parking with bathrooms.
Very easy trail, recommend for kids. The first 2 miles is perfect for the kiddos.
No dogs !
After the 2 miles it inclined to windy point, there is a porta potty at the 3 mile marker.
Lots of great scenery, beautiful coves, rock structures.
You can definitely spend the day in this area. Pic nic at one of the state park beaches up the road.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

12.24.17. Christmas eve day hike with the family. great day for a hike.

trail running
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

I didn't do the full loop on this first visit here but the views of the ocean look like they can't be beat! There is also a beach access portion right near the beginning of the trail that features some small sea caves to check out. Cool sink hole feature on the trail to check out too just past the beach access. Beware of fog rolling in quickly sometimes. But the limited accessibility of this trail makes it quite unique and semi-secluded!

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Beautiful views ., easy walk /jog :)

Sunday, June 04, 2017

great trail. just go early enough as it closes at 4:45pm

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easy hike and beautiful place and weather yesterday 4/21/17

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gorgeous views, saw deer and a coyote.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gorgeous views!

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recorded point Bucheon 3/11

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