Explore the most popular river trails near Los Osos with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 days ago

This trail is grossly unkempt. We didn’t enjoy it as much as we thought. The overgrowth and the stacks of leaves to trudge through took away from enjoying the beautiful oak trees. June 2018

22 days ago

very easy hike. we enjoyed the whole trip from start to end. the coastal mist made the vegetation really stand out. this would be perfect, if you are looking for a little exercise with beautiful views. this trail splits off into other trails as well, we chose to go on the Oat Summit trail from here.

1 month ago

Great hike.

beautiful trail

Lovely wildlife of various types, easy access with benches throughout and we saw egrets with their babies feeding! Absolutely charming

Awesome hike, but the whole thing was actually about 10 miles round trip.

6 months ago

Spine tingling!

10 months ago

10 months ago

Lá semana pasada

Nice trail, gradual uphill for 5 miles then a gradual decent down. The loop on the way down was a little overgrown. A lot of mountain bikers but they all had bells on them so no problem. Decent down was nice because of the ocean breeze

11 months ago

I had the trail all to myself and it was so enjoyable. Cool morning in August. The trail was well marked. Numerous uncharted spurs that could have detoured me without the app. The trees are unique and beautiful. Some mosquitos so I recommend repellent. The creek was dry at this time of year. One small spot roped off due to cliff degrading. It made for a nice getaway from the world and it's cares.

trail running
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Longer than expected... Most of the trails to the other different peaks in Montana de Oro get that wonderful cool coast air, this trail goes a bit inland. Start early and bring plenty of water when hiking in the summer months. Challenging on a warm day, but Beautiful.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a small, 24-acre nature preserve managed by the Morro Coast Audubon Society. The semi-loop trail through the Preserve is only about 0.6 miles, but packs in a lovely eucalyptus grove, stands of Monterey cypress, and sublime views out over the Morro Bay Estuary. Wooden bridges take you over Sweet Springs Creek, a small freshwater stream that empties into the estuary. It's a great place for birding, and you're likely to see snowy egrets, great blue herons, and other shorebirds. You can also see western pond turtles in Sweet Springs Creek. The trail is very short and there are no developed facilities here, but it's a nice place for a short walk and is suitable for hiking year-round.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great trail! We didn't make it up to the old log cabin. Next time for sure. A little overgrown and not well trafficked. A majority of the trail is under thick coverage of oak trees and brush making it feel like your walking through a tunnel. Visibility on the trail to your sides is pretty limited. I could hear the creek (and lots of critters) moving through the brush but couldn't see it for good portions of the trail. The bridge crossings were cool! We only made it to 4 of the bridges.

It was Memorial Day and I was surprised how sparse the trail was with other hikers. I definitely recommend wearing pants not shorts and a long sleeve shirt or jacket because of poison oak all along trail. Also, got home and found a tick on me. Good to be prepared but this is just Southern California hiking. Definitely will go back!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We did the 9 mile Oats Peak 'loop'. From the canyon 'rainforest' of Coon Creek to the vistas of Oats Peak - just awesome! Be prepared for some overgrown, less travelled trails though!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful place

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Good, easy trail for a short hike with kids, aged 5-11. Easily marked and not steep.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We loved this little trail. Yes, it is small and initially you can hear the sounds of traffic from the street, but very quickly this fades away and you are left feeling like you are in a tiny enchanted forest.

We went on a weekday in December and saw no one until the very end when another couple was beginning their hike.

The trail begins over a little bridge and from there you can choose your own adventure. We took the outermost loop on the trails.

I can see how some people thought it wasn't well marked, but it's so small you really can't get lost and can figure it out. Plus there are free maps to take with you at the start of the hike and part of it is on a boardwalk.

The ancient Pygmy Oaks were beautiful and to walk under the gnarled branches was awe inspiring. Also on this trail, we saw desert hummingbirds and turkey vultures overhead.

I don't know why people gave this trail negative reviews, because we loved it. The unique mini ecosystem is an experience not to be missed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

This trail is beautiful and I only ran into one person. Keep in mind it was a Monday morning. Feels like an enchanted forest and you can't believe it is right off of a busy street. So many little trails along the way and is a place to regroup and re-center.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

I love this place, it changes depending on the season. It feels like you're in a dream forest especially when you get to the middle part. Definitely one of my favorite places to recharge when i visit SLO.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Nice trail, I think we missed a turn because it just kinda ended in a clearing. I have a new GPS, and will try again, because it is worth another try.

Friday, September 16, 2016

We did this trail during the late summer. It was a little confusing during the beginning as to which way to go. But you can't really take a wrong turn, because eventually you should end up where all the oak trees gather in a forest like setting. This is a nice walk through a small forest. Very calming. It can feel like at times you are in a Brother's Grimm forest. I would like to do this trail again when we get some rain and see the difference.

Friday, September 16, 2016

This is a short trail, but scenic. You are surrounded by eucalyptus trees. There is a nice bridge, spots to sit and enjoy the view overlooking Morro Bay, and birds in the background. It is a peaceful and refreshing stroll after a long day or week.

Friday, September 09, 2016

This is a beautiful park trail with gorgeous old oak trees. Not sure what's the issue with the two negative reviews below. The trails are clear and on parts sand because of the terrain. It's well worth a short stay to admire the old growth. There's rarely anyone here, which makes it a wonderful place to recharge.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's been a few years, but I remember it well. It was right after a "controlled" burn by Cal Fire ended up burning several hundred acres. I probably went about 4-5 miles back before calling it quits as it seemed like it could go on forever. The inclines up to the peak were pretty challenging when you get up in elevation. I loved all the Manzanita trees and unique rock formations. You can distinguish the different ancient seabeds that have been exposed over millions of years.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trail is a strong word for Sweet Springs. It is, however, a great place for a short leisurely stroll and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery Los Osos has to offer.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Beautiful Hike....lot's of wildflowers. Views of different peaks. The day started off a little overcast, but then the sun broke through and we were able to see beautiful views from all angles. Highly recommended this hike.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Nice trail with great views of the costal range and the ocean.

on Coon Creek Trail

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nice and easy hike. Love all the bridges and fresh berry bushes along the way.

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