The Montana De Oro state park is located in San Louis Obispo county on the central coast of California. There are many hikes in Montana De Oro state park and this was the longest one we've done yet in this beautiful state park. This was the 7.9 mile, 1,050 ft elevation gain starting at the Ridge trail - Hazard Peak - Barranca - Islay Creek loop.
At the top of Hazard Peak you can see the town of Morro Bay and wide, sweeping vistas of the surrounding mountains. There are also a couple picnic tables, we had a picnic lunch that we ate while enjoying the grand view. Afterwards, we followed the loop down and around the mountain through sage brush, oaks, manzanitas with grand mountain views most of the hike until going further down to sea level and finishing the hike along a fire road (dirt road) in a canyon alongside a narrow river.
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Montana De Oro Bluff Trail
The Bluff Trails is an easy 3.4 mile round trip hike along the central California coastline in San Louis Obispo County on the Central Coast. There are hidden coves, sea caves, rocky outcroppings where you can see seals and sea otters hanging out, sandy beaches and tide pools.
This is a great little hike with some picnic tables at the far end if you want to bring a lunch. Just be wary of the begging seagulls. We watched one such seagull and I swear it was making a little whining noise while watching us eat.
We've hiked this trail various times during the year and my favorite was in the springtime because of the variety of wildflowers in bloom.
One of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast. A well worth it mini-hike to explore the volcanic rock plates jetting up from the oceans shore. Visit for a day or camp near by with your horses to ride in the national park. Always a pleasure to visit.