Valencia Peak Trail

MODERATE 136 reviews
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Valencia Peak Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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!

3 days 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.

12 days ago

Great view!!!!! Worth every minute.

hiking
1 month 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
5 months ago

The view is amazing once you get to the top and you can see the Morro Rock and lots of the coastline. It did rain for a while but it wasn't too bad.

trail running
5 months ago

just amazing

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

This really is a must-do hike. Some parts in the beginning are easy, some parts are moderate, and some parts are a little difficult. But the views as you climb are gorgeous. You can Morro Rock to the north, and just beautiful 360 degree views in general. If you go in the Spring, there are wildflowers like: wild mustard, poppies, cow parsnip, etc. as well as butterflies! I saw one snake (not a rattlesnake), and many lizards.
It took me an hour and a half round trip, with many photo stops and a couple of short water breaks.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views of Morro Bay and the surrounding coastal communities. The trail warms up nicely then kicks up a bit steeper the 2nd mile but it's worth the effort for the view up top. Be prepared for a couple steep inclines with a lot of loose shale and rock. Trekking poles are a big help here. It's a great trail with a great reward once you reach the top. Don't think twice, do it!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike yesterday!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome views! Loved it

hiking
10 months ago

Not too difficult but some parts are very rocky so please wear some good hiking shoes . The views are just mesmerizing

10 months ago

Very beautiful scenery! Nice runnable trail!!

hiking
11 months ago

Came from out of town to hike this a few days ago. In January it was still in the mid 60's and sunny. Perfect weather to hike uphill. Challenging but definitely worth it, it's an incredible 360 view. I underestimated how tough the last 1/4 mile was though it's all steep uphill. But doesn't take long if you don't stop for breaks. 4 miles round trip roughly

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A tough hike up hill and rewards of amazing views

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