Hike Montaña de Oro's Bluff Trail

Los Angeles Bluff Trailhead

Added by Drew Robinson

Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip (out-and-back)Elevation gain: 100 ftGreat views of the Pacific OceanExplore Monterey shale close upSpectacular hike along the bluffWalk 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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Beginner

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