Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos

(4.9/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Hike, ride, bike, swim, camp, and more among the rugged cliffs, coastal plains, beaches, and hills of Montana de Oro State Park. Named the "Mountain of Gold" in Spanish for its golden wildflowers that appear in the springtime, the 3,237 hectare (8,000 acre) park features a large network of biking, foot, and equestrian trails ranging in difficulty and length. Head to the highest point, Valencia Peak, at 411 m (1,347 ft), or walk down to Spooner's Cove, the park's most popular beach. Try tide pooling in the coves to see some of the local marine life, and keep an eye out for otters, seabirds, and crabs. If you plan to swim here, beware of the strong tide. To visit Montana de Oro State Park on your trip to Los Osos, use our Los Osos holiday planner.
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  • The Bluffs Trail is a flat, wonderful walk along the shore with beautiful rock formations. The day we were there was extremely windy and a little cold, but that didn't matter. It is a great hike for a...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. The hike is very short and easy. You first pass through a forest and then reach a hill that overlooks the ocean. Then its an easy few steps down to the...  more »
  • We were informed about the rock formations, in particular the so called pancake rocks. On our visit it was cold and windy. Not a nice day to visit the park. We drove all the way up (Pecho Valley Rd) i...  more »
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  • Amazing views on the hiking trails. Our first time visiting and we tried to take the Hazard Reef trail but couldn't get down to the water, though we did find an excellent view over a bluff. Next we took the easy bluff trail (wheelchair accessible). Be sure to take the small side trails close to the bluff for amazing sights. We went to the tide pools which is fun for kids and adults. Be sure to poke anemones so water squirts out, hold some hermit crabs and touch some sea urchins.
  • Best State Park in Los Osos, CA area. Bluff walk with ADA trail. Extensive biking and hiking trails although mountain bikes have taken over many of the more tranquil hiking trails. Lots of docent led interpretive walks.
  • Absolutely amazing. Beautiful beaches. Will go back! I recommend surging shoes, river sandals and hiking shoes if you plan to explore everything. Also bring food, perfect for picnics.
  • Try and go when it's not foggy! Very cool place, one of my friends favorite places to show new people to the area. Little chilly so bring another layer.
  • This is my favorite beach. It's awesome to photograph. It's not exactly the beach you want to go swimming at, though. Instead of sand, it's a bunch of itty-bitty super smooth rocks. The water is cold and there are quite a few jagged rocks. There is an awesome rock in the middle of the beach that is easily climbed if you're not fat, old, or clumbsy.