I don't know why I'm reviewing nature, but it is just as awesome as it is intended to be! Go outside and enjoy what the world has to offer. This mountain/foothill has great views of Los Osos, Morro Bay and the rock, and out into the santa lucia mountains.
We had only a little bit time to spend here before we had to drive hours to get home, and this hike is perfect.
The trailhead is inside of Montana De Oro State Park next to Spooner's Cove parking lot. The trail is about 5 miles out and back with 1,347' elevation gain, just enough to get a workout in...
I enjoy this hike because of the views, but all the shale and loose rock can make my feet sore if I don't have on my good hiking shoes. Once you're at the top you will have gorgeous views of the ocean on one side, and a green valley on the backside. Watch for rattlesnakes.
This was a great hike. The trailhead was very well marked though I drove past it initially and had to turn around to park. The trail was well marked the whole way up, except for when it comes to a rock wall and splits to the right and left. GO TO THE RIGHT. I think the left leads to Oats...
I began hiking up Valencia Peak and realized it would become steeper. Part of the hike is along the edge of the mountain. If you are uncomfortable with heights you may not like this! On my way down I spotted a rattlesnake on the trail. This can happen in late spring and early summer. Wear hiking boots! Views are beautiful!