Spooner’s Cove to Point Buchon and Port San Luis

Los Osos, California

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The coastline from Montaña de Oro around Point Buchon to Port San Luis is remote, rugged, and essentially roadless for 15 miles, making it a mini Lost Coast. With landing beaches few and far between—and likely nonexistent in big seas—it is as exposed as any stretch of seashore in the state. Not only does this trip promise just about every coastal hazard in the book, you also have to detour a mile out to sea around a nuclear power plant guarded by Homeland Security. Scattered with caves, arches, and sea stacks, however, it is an advanced kayakers’ playground, and a great challenge for serious coastal paddlers.
Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

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Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

by Roger Schumann (Falcon Guides)

The coastline from Montaña de Oro around Point Buchon to Port San Luis is remote, rugged, and essentially roadless for 15 miles, making it a mini Lost Coast. With landing beaches few and far between—and likely nonexistent in big seas—it is as exposed as any stretch of seashore in the state.

Not only does this trip promise just about every coastal hazard in the book, you also have to detour a mile out to sea around a nuclear power plant guarded by Homeland Security. Scattered with caves, arches, and sea stacks, however, it is an advanced kayakers’ playground, and a great challenge for serious coastal paddlers.

© 2013 Roger Schumann /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Los Osos
Distance: 4-16 miles
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Tidal Information: More landing beaches and more rocks are exposed along the cliffs during lower tides.
Hazards/Cautions: Extreme exposure, strong afternoon winds, fog, submerged rocks, sneaker waves, and boat traffic. You need to observe the 1 nautical mile boating exclusion zone as you pass El Diablo.
Local Maps: USGS Morro Bay South (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18703 (charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18703.shtml)
Driving Directions: Directions to Spooner’s Cove to Point Buchon and Port San Luis

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