Day Hikes on the California Central Coast
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
A very easy over four mile trail along the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean. There is a four foot wide gravel trail about ten feet from the bluff's edge that you can use. This path is used allot by the resident trail runners, bikers, and exercise walkers. Then there is the trail that runs right up to the edge of the bluffs. The views of the waves crashing against the bluffs and rocks below are just mesmerizing. There are so many whites, blues, and turquoises. Always changing with the crash of the waves. This is just a beautiful place and a photographers paradise. I had real hard time just to keeping walking and not stopping all the time to take that better picture. About a mile into the trail you come to the only access to the beach on this trail. It leads you down to tide pools that form in the rocks at low tide. The North end entrance of the trail begins at Spooner's Cove. A large beach area that you have to swim, sun bath, and launch your kayak. The bluff trail is located in the Montana de Oro State Park. This is a trail you can travel in an hour and a half, or spend hours looking at the beauty that had been given us. A must see.
Very easy trail suitable for families. The views of the coast, rocks and tidepools are amazing. It is best to go early in the morning to have the trail to yourself. We combined this with Coon Creek trail and Rattlesnake Flats trail for a nice 7 mile loop.
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