Valencia Peak Trail

MODERATE 102 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
1233 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!

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18 days ago

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

23 days ago

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

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24 days 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.

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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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2 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.

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3 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!

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