Hike Valencia Peak at Montaña de Oro State Park

Valencia Peak Trail

Distance: 3.7 miles out and back. Elevation Change: 1275 ft. Spectacular views of Morro Bay, Montaña de Oro, and the Pacific Ocean. Get up close and personal with Monterey Shale.

This is a great hike to add to your itinerary while visiting Montaña de Oro State Park. To get to the trailhead, drive into the park on Pecho Valley Rd. You'll pass Spooner's Cove to the west, and shortly after, you'll see parking available on the road. The trailhead is on the east side of the road, just after the Islay Creek Campground and park visitor center.

The trail starts out as a relatively flat single track surrounded by coastal sage before the climbing begins at the first set of switchbacks. As you ascend, the coastal views behind you increase in grandeur with every step.

As you approach the one mile mark, views of Morro Rock appear to the north, and Point Buchon to the south. The first set of switchbacks ends here, and gives way to a gradual ascent towards the final set of switchbacks to the summit.

As you make your way up the final set of switchbacks, you come upon a sign reading "Valencia Peak Elevation 1,347 ft". Continue hiking a short distance up the remaining section of trail, and enjoy your views from the summit!

Pack List

  • Ten essentials
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Good footwear
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Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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Fun hike

This is a short and fun hike! It's a great way to start your day and the views once you get to the top are unforgettable. You have a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and morro rock from the peak! It's a must do if you are interested in hiking in the Slo area.


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