Valencia Peak Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Valencia Peak is a coastal mountain located within Montana De Oro State Park. This trail offers gorgeous views of the Central Coast, great views of Morro Bay, Cayucos and you can see Cambria and beyond on clear days. Also amazing views of Spooners Cove and to the south. With a little over a 1000+ feet of elevation gain, this is a great hike for hikers of all skill levels. If you have less hikes under your belt or are not in perfect physical shape leave a little more time for breaks along the way. It is doable for most it just may take a little longer. Park at the same parking as the Bluffs Trail, the trail begins on the east side of the south area of the parking. As you work your way up the views begin right away as you ascend up onto a saddle, and the rest of the hike is before your eyes. The hike begins to get a little harder the closer you get to the top, but before you know it you are there! Once you get there, you feel like you are on top of the world! It is well worth it! And the hike down is 100 times easier!

Bluffs Trail Parking Lot several paved and unpaved spaces plus roadside parking.

From San Luis Obispo Take Foothill Blvd. all the way to the end where it meets Los Osos Valley Road. From there, take a right to head towards Los Osos. Once through Los Osos, the road continues but turns into Pecho Valley Road. The road changes name as you pass the sign for Montana De Oro State Park. Follow the road through the Eucalyptus grove, and after a couple miles, the trail head sign will be on your left. Park in the dirt lot at the trail head or on the side of the road.

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Russ H
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It was a great 4 to 5 miles hike, with incredible 360 views and benches to sit and enjoy your time while taking a break. I hiked in April saw two snakes, don't bother them and move along; you’ll be fine.

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Maya Velasco
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gorgeous views; rocky, foggy, and windy going up the peak but worth it!

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Andrew Neyer
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Nice little hike! Beautiful views the whole way with a nice breeze.

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Jan Bruggenkamp
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Badger trail was great starting point... New to hiking... Valencia Trail did become a bit to steep for my skill level but it was beautiful! Can’t wait to make it to the top!

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Bailey Theisen
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Pretty rocky towards the top but so much fun!

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Doug Beck
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Awesome!

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Pilar Montoya
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Amazing views!

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Bill M
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Tanya Young
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3/24/21: Less than 5 mi rt. Lots of cool wildlife to see. A bit rocky towards the top. Easy to follow trail with good signage and parking. Love the orange poppies, red paintbrush and purple lupine lining the trail. Views at the top are pretty, but the hike has views throughout. Less than 1400 feet of elevation makes it a good little climb. People were masking up as they passed on trail.

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Ron Ouellette
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Victor Ponce
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Great trail. Easy to follow and the payoff is incredible. Last mile up is a little more challenging but overall not too bad. Fun hike with great views.

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KV Hiker
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A beautiful day of hiking. The view was fantastic and the breeze was refreshing!

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Matthew Danielson
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Victor Torres
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Great

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Roy Rivera
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Awesome..

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Sabrina Pena
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Abe liu
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Nice hike on a sunny day.

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Haylee Lucht
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Amazing views! Very windy but worth the trek

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Kyle McKenzie
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Kari Roben
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Tracie MacGregor
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Nia Saldana
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Beautiful! Very rocky so be careful. Didn’t finish it today but look forward to coming back to make it all the way up :)

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Christopher Atwood
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One of the better day hikes you will ever do. 360 views at the top.

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Elaine Eselun
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Amazing as always! A little wet from the rains. I saw a few deer and lots of birds! Lots of parking close to trailhead. Recommend this one!

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Zachary Ackerman
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Busy trial. Incredible views of the Pacific, Morro Bay, and inland. Great hiking through grasses, up two intense grades, and along a beautiful ridge.

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Bill Moss
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