Hike Montaña de Oro's Bluff Trail

Bluff Trailhead

Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip (out-and-back). Elevation gain: 100 ft. Great views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore Monterey shale close up. Spectacular hike along the bluff. Walk down to countless tide pools.

Explore Montaña de Oro State Park, a beautiful 8000 acre piece of land situated right along the coast in San Luis Obispo County.

Drive into the park on Pecho Valley Rd, and park alongside the road next to the visitor center. Across from the visitor center you will see signs for the Bluff Trail. Cross over a small wooden bridge, and begin walking along the dirt path towards the coastal bluffs. To the north you will see Spooner's Cove, a popular beach and hangout spot for people visiting Montaña de Oro.

After walking west toward the coast, the trail heads west and parallels the Pacific Ocean. From here, you will see a lot of Monterey shale, small beaches, rocky coastal bluffs, and tide pools. It's easy to venture off the path and do some exploring at each area that strikes an interest.

A few sections of this trail have lookouts and benches for picnics if you plan on bringing snacks or food. My favorite is Quarry Cove, which has a rocky beach and a tide pool. After Quarry Cove, the shoreline continues to gain in beauty with caves, cutouts, and stacks in every direction.

The trail ends when you reach Pecho Valley Rd. You can continue walking further, or turn back and return to the visitor center.

Pack List

  • Sun protection
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
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Activities Photography, Running, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Must Do!

We enjoyed this dreamy California coast trail. The weather was foggy when we were there, but even so the views were unbelievable! We were able to look at tide pools, wild life, flowers, different rock formations, and the beautiful mountains in the background. Excellent hike for an entire family, with children or elderly. The trail is paved and a lot of people bike ride or jog. There is a bathroom you can use once you have walked a bit of it. Highly recommended!

Afternoon Hike

Gorgeous!


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