Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Montana de Oro State Park and other Los Osos attractions using our handy Los Osos itinerary planner.
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  • You will love this place for a picnic at the beach and some hiking. It feels like a pirate’s ship is going to pull in any time. The feeling is magical.  more »
  • Takes your breath away. Gorgeous walking and hiking trails offer options for all levels of fitness, including the flat Bluff Trail. Different at all times of year. Be sure to stop at the Spooner Ranch...  more »
  • This is a beautiful site that is easily reached by auto. There is parking so that you can choose to walk from a short stsroll to a 5 mile hike. We chose a two mile hike that was easy for sseniors and ...  more »
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  • **Not super dog friendly** SO PRETTY!!!! Hiking/walking trails, beach, and camping areas—a lot say NO dogs. Very fun nice trails, beaches, general outdoorsy stuff. Some more experienced hiker trails too! Great for families, couples, or individuals. Lots of space, good parking. Pack lots of snacks, waters, and supplies. Tick and rattle snakes are very prevalent!!! Town is a few miles away and there’s only an outhouse down by the beach and trails.
  • Breath taking views 360! Just south or Morro Rock, spectacular scenery produced over millions of years by volcanic activity. My kids were instill by their surrounding during our hike and on the beach (exploring tide pools), a must for anyone of all ages. Pack your snacks, water and hours in we couldn't ask for a better way to spend our afternoon before sunset.
  • Beautiful coastal and mountain scenery, with abundant wildlife. I had just walked my cat - on a harness and leash - and put him inside, when this fox came to eat the bread crumbs I had put out for birds. (Which is why I use a harness and leash on a cat. He caught on quickly, and wasn't eaten as a result.) The raccoons are a problem though, especially if you leave out stuff that even smells like food, turn your back on a meal, or don't roll up your windows tight. As beautiful as this park is, it also seems to be a magnet for bad drivers. Though the road leading into and out of this Park has a yellow line painted down the middle to separate the two lanes, many, many drivers are on or over it. Another traffic factor is the bicyclists who insist on riding on the roads and not the many trails. While it is legal and apparently not discouraged, this road is just barely wide enough for two RVs to pass. There are also horses and bus loads of children on it at times. Throw in a bicycle, and it's a miracle if they aren't mangled underneath someone's chassis But once you're at the park and settled, there is a lot to see and do there. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. There are an adequate number of water stations and bathrooms, but no showers. Park maintenance does a great job of picking up after people, and Park police keep the place to a low roar, even on busy weekends. Probably the prettiest State Park in California.
  • Me and my family have been going here before I can remember, it being the only the only beach in town. It has multiple beautiful beaches and hiking trails. I haven't explored the hiking trails very much what I've seen is absolutely breath taking. I highly recommend going here if you can get around to it.
  • A wilderness park with easy enough hiking for a leisurely stroll. Eucalyptus groves, spectacular bluff walks and some beach access. In most cases you pull off the road and park in small turn outs and walk to your destination. This is a minimal impact park. The sand spit parking lot has a real restroom, but you will mainly find chemical toilets throughout the park. Beautiful!
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