Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 360+ 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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  • A very pretty drive though the park. We stopped at Spooners Cove with is beautiful. Although it was difficult to walk around as it was all rocks. My flip flops kept sinking and turning, and when I tri...  read more »
  • The pacific meets fields of wild flowers and forests. Spooner's cove is the more popular destination at the mouth if Islay creek. Quarry cove is harder to get to, and therefore more secluded, (wink, w...  read more »
  • This is a wonderful State Park that is, I believe, free. There is a hiking trail along the bluff with access to different beaches and rock outcroppings along the way. The views of the ocean are beauti...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You can't beat Montana De Oro State Park! You need to visit this place if you are a tourist in the area! There is a wonderful three-mile-long Meandering flat Bluff Trail which stands over the edge of these wonderful Cliffs with waves below and tide pools. There is also a campground if you are a tent type camper which has basic Services as well as showers. There is surfing in part of the State Park for those so inclined. There are loads of trails inter-connecting throughout the state park. My favorite is Valencia Peak with a lovely view of the coastline which is about a 45-minute hike. You can mountain bike through much of the park. You can also ride horses in much of the park. This is really one of the nicest state parks on the coast of all of California. It would probably take you a week of hiking just to explore all of the trails. I used to live near here and come after work and I still have not been on every single one of them.
  • Nice day trip park although I would not recommend camping. We stayed at Enviromental Site #4 which I would definitely not recommend unless all you have with you is a backpack. - The site is far away (half mile) from where you park and it is all uphill. - If you get there late it is incredibly difficult to find the campsite but basically if you follow the trail all the way to the end it will leave you next to a bench where you camp. - The coastal fog is very cold and will leave everything covered in mildew in the morning. - The site DOES have a bathroom which is maintained, it's an outhouse and it's stocked with toilet paper. - Watch out for snakes, plenty of stink bugs crawling around. Lots of grassy fields surrounding the campsite. - BRING EXTRA FLOOR MATS, the site is rocky and partially at an angle, bring extra floor mats or you will not be comfortable. - It is very difficult to use stakes to hold down your tent because of the rocky ground. NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED at this site, bring extra laterns because those will be the only source of light avaliable to you. 4 Star Review because despite all these things, if you're willing to walk everything up the hill, it's a beautiful campsite with an amazing view. You're the last campsite in the park, a 10 minute drive between you and your neighbor and a 15 minute drive away from the main campsite. It is peaceful, and a great place if the weather is nice.
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