Valencia Peak Trail

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Valencia Peak Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,240 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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!

hiking
5 days 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.

1 month ago

just hiked this one earlier today. fog was a view killer, but it was nice and cool. I will be back, for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike on 7-11-18 and it was fantastic! I definitely highly recommend it for all levels of hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

3 months ago

So beautiful at the top, so peaceful!

3 months ago

Nice trail. Spectacular views from the top.

3 months ago

Great views

hiking
4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike!!! Gorgeous views and a good work out once you get to the vertical climbing. Lots of lose rocks that make the hike a bit more strenuous.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail.

4 months ago

Beautiful!

5 months ago

Gorgeous views! Well worth the hike.

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Beautiful hike! The first half of the trail is easy walking, and a great view is afforded from midway up. The remainder has some steeper areas that require more strenuous hiking. Gorgeous 360 view from the top. No shade anywhere on the trail, would recommend avoiding midday in the summer. Great birding.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes on the Central coast. It’s a great workout but no scrambling or ridge hiking. Views at the top are incredible. Easy access to Hazard Reef and islay beach.

Grab a burger at House of JuJu in Morro Bay when you are done.

Beautiful trails with sweeping views of the ocean below.

7 months ago

The hike to the top was great, difficult but doable for after holiday sluggishness! LOTS of people when I went. Which is fine but sometimes I prefer more solitude. Some geocaches along the way if you like that. Fossils to spy in the rocks. Leave them there for other hikers. Lots of lovely sagebrush to smell along the way.

7 months ago

Great view!!!!! Worth every minute.

hiking
8 months ago

For a new hiker this was challenging, but not impossible. Beautiful view of Morro Bay, and depending on when you go you may run into some camp KEEP students!

hiking
10 months ago

The view from the peak is nice, although I’m not a big fan of the areas vegetation with small and short bushes. I found it way less crowded that other two trails that I’ve tried in this area. The last part to the summit could be pretty challenging.

hiking
11 months ago

A short, but sweet hike. If you start in the morning, you will almost certainly begin in the fog. The ascent begins easily enough, though it is fairly steep to a false summit and then to Victoria Peak itself. About halfway through the hike we had risen through the fog and had great views of the hills further inland as well as those both up and down the coast (though the coast was still fogged in). If you go later in the day, you may catch a better view, though it will be hot.

hiking
11 months ago

If the coast is socked in with fog this hike is disappointing as far as views go. If you are looking for a nice workout this hike is fantastic.

hiking
11 months ago

Valencia Peak has real nice views of the coast. Had some marine layer which was also very nice. Ran into a rattlesnake on the way down in the brush. Keep eyes and ears open on warm/hot days. Steep climb at some points but overall very steady and enjoyable hike.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The view is amazing once you get to the top. Morro Rock and lots of the coastline become visible. It did rain for a while.

trail running
Monday, July 31, 2017

just amazing

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

great hike. once you get to the 1st peak it gets pretty warm

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

awesome trail amazing views.. bring hiking sticks to help with loose rock.. Climbed it with my 3 year old on back..

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Great hike. In July, the fog clears out around 10am. It worked out well to start at 9 and watch the fog roll out from the peak.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The view at the top is breathtaking! We arrived at the peak at around 1600 in the middle of May. Greeted by a number of Monarch butterflies. Felt like I was living above clouds!

We were warned for tick bites, but we got through the trail with compression pants. The steep elevation and the rocky trail made the trail more challenging than expected.

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