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“Watch the Sunset at Montano de Oro”

Montana de Oro State Park
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Los Osos
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Owner description: A great network of biking trails make this state park a perfect destination for expert and beginner bikers alike.
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143 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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“Watch the Sunset at Montano de Oro”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The state park is a lovely spot that is worth a drive by but is better seen if you stop and hike along the bluffs or to the beach. The cove is beautiful and the cliffs are stunning. The hikes are easy and its a great day hike. The sunset is lovely but the small road is a little windy in the dark.

Visited February 2013
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Thousand Oaks, California
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“Really nice park and beach area”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Wish we could have stayed longer and used some of the hiking trails. Our quick visit to the beach was wonderful, Big Sur beautiful.

Visited February 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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28 reviews
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“State Park Gem”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I took a day trip to Montana de Oro State Park while staying in nearby Pismo Beach. It is a beautiful area! After entering the park, we left the car at Spooners Cove and began hiking the Bluff Trail. The trail heads south along the coast. You can get a great view of Spooners Cove and Morro Bay and Rock at the beginning of the trail. After about a half mile into the hike, we arrived at Corallina Cove, which has some great tide pools. Beware of the tar at Corallina Cove. We didn't notice, and got tar all over our feet. After seeing the tide pools, we turned around and hiked back to Spooners Cove. On our way out, we turned into the parking lots for Sandspit Beach. The trail to the beach starts at the parking lot and is about half mile round-trip. This beach is basically the start of the sand bar that forms Morro Bay. Montana de Oro is definitely worth a trip if you are in the area!

Visited February 2013
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“Shorebirds at Sandspit Beach”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

There is no entrance fee or day use fee for this park! Visited recently to look for shorebirds. Parked at the day use parking lot for Sandspit Beach and took the relatively short walk downhill to the beautiful sandy beach. The trail is a little steep at the end so beware. There were many shorebirds on the beach and they are very approachable. I had been at the Morro Bay Estuary and had trouble getting close to them to photograph, but not here.

Visited January 2013
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San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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“Spectacular views, excellent hiking trails (just not dog friendly)”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I moved to Los Osos about 9 months ago and have visited Montana de Oro about a dozen times since then for day hikes. There are a wide variety of trails from moderate, medium to pretty steep (fewer of these). The trails are very well maintained. The scenery varies from views of Morro Bay rock, inland rolling hills and miles of quiet, vast space without many people. I've heard great things about the Bluff Trail if you want ocean views and not much up/down - mostly flat. I've enjoyed the Valencia Peak trail because it's about 1.5 hours, I mostly have cell service so I can listen to Pandora while I hike and the views of the coast are about the best in the park. Oats Peak trail is a bit longer (maybe 2 hrs?) and is a nice, even incline that's usually pretty quiet. Both these trails rarely have bikers on them. Plenty of parking. Main campground is in a protected valley (think fog and cold) and is surrounded by lots of trails.

Visited January 2013
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