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After my morning cup of Joe and cranberry scone from the downtown cafe, Black Horse Uptown Bakery/Cafe, I was ready to explore some more of Montana de Oro SP.  I decided on the Valencia Peak trail, hoping for some spectacular views of the coastline again.  I arrived to the parking lot (near the visitor’s center) around 8:00am, strapped on my boots, got my gear ready and breathed in the morning beach air.  The Valencia Peak trail is quite a hike, gaining some 1,150 ft. in elevation in about 2 miles.  The hike along the ridgelines with views of the canyons below was breathtaking.  Again, the views of the park, Morro Bay, and Los Osos Valley were spectacular!  One can continue to Oats Peak, the second highest peak in the park, but I decided to return to the trailhead and hook onto the Bluff Trail.  I noticed more cars in the parking lot and realized that people start turning up around 10:00am.  Glad I got here early!  The Bluff Trail is relatively flat and I had to stop every 10 minutes to take photo shots of the jagged coastline, sandstone cliffs and splashing waves.  In fact the waves were really high!  The trail is about 2 miles round trip with many coves, reefs, and tidepools to explore.  I highly recommend hiking to the peaks first and then concluding with the Bluff Trail.  Great way to bring closure to this gem!

View from Valencia Peak

Rugged coastline

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I spent a beautiful President’s Day Weekend in San Luis Obispo.  I arrived at this central CA coast city early Friday afternoon and decided to explore Montana de Oro State Park, about 25 minutes outside of downtown SLO.  I parked near the top of the entrance to the park and decided to explore the trails.  I headed south on the Cable Trail through a eucalyptus grove.  Then I crossed the main road and hooked onto the Dune Trail, which was quite sandy.  I crossed the main road again, passed Camp Keep and latched onto the Hiedra Trail and decided to hike up to Hazard Peak.  As I ascended the trail, I got views of the beautiful coastline.  It was a clear sunny day!  The famous fog hadn’t rolled in yet!  The Hiedra Trail eventually turned into the Hazard Peak Trail.  I passed only a few mountain bikers, but no hikers and I suddenly realized that this place is a mountain biker’s paradise!  I finally reached the peak at 1,076 ft. and was awed by the views of Morro Bay to the west and the morros of San Luis Obispo County to the east.  Descending the mountain back to the trailhead was thrilling, as I ran most of the way.  Great introduction to Montana de Oro State Park!

Pacific Ocean

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