Bluff Trail

Los Osos, California 93412

Distance3.4mi
Elevation Gain463ft
Trailhead Elevation171ft
Top171ft
Elevation Min/Max-1/171ft
Elevation Start/End171/171ft

Bluff Trail

Bluff Trail is a hiking trail in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is within Montaña de Oro State Park. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 463 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking area. The Spooner's Cove bare rock can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Montana De Oro State Park.

Bluff Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Bluff Trail is an easy hike along one of the premier locations on the central California coastline. The trail snakes along the contours of a rugged network of eroding sandstone bluffs on a grassy marine terrace. Land extensions jut out into the ocean like fingers. There are hidden coves, sea caves, arches, sandy beaches, reefs, offshore outcroppings, clear tidepools, crashing surf, and basking seals and otters."

"Located in Morro Bay, approximately 20 miles west of San Luis Obispo. Highlights: The scenery is awesome. This is a great family ride. You can also pack a picnic and barbecue on the beach after your ride. Hazards: The trail is loaded with hikers so you cannot fly on this trail. You should heed warnings on the bluff and not get too close to the edge."

"This ride may have the best scenery for the least amount of effort of any ride in California. As the name implies, it follows bluffs. For drama, it's hard to beat the sight of ocean waves crashing over these jutting rock formations. Beach access and views of wave-formed sea arches add to the scene. In April and May abundant California poppies, lavender, and mustard improve on the already eye-gasmic picture. Pack a lunch on snack-you'll want to dawdle on this ride."

"The Bluff Trail is an easy hike along one of the premier locations on the central California coastline. The trail snakes along the contours of a rugged network of eroding sandstone bluffs on a grassy marine terrace. Land extensions jut out into the ocean like fingers. There are hidden coves, sea caves, arches, sandy beaches, reefs, offshore outcroppings, clear tidepools, crashing surf, and basking seals and otters."

"This is an easy 3.3-mile loop. The ride follows a hardpacked dirt trail in good condition and pavement on Pecho Valley Road. Bluff Trail is a fine spot for beginning mountain bikers to give off-road riding a try. It is also a wonderful warm-up for cyclists intent on riding the more advanced trails in the park. the trail skirts the coast and provides views of tidal pools, cliffs, and arches. profuse wildflower displays and whale watching are seasonal bonuses."

"This ride may have the best scenery for the least amount of effort of any ride in California. As the name implies, it follows bluffs (actually uplifted marine terraces). For drama, it's hard to beat the sight of ocean waves crashing over these jutting rock formations. Beach access and views of wave-formed sea arches add to the scene. April and May abundant California poppies, lavender and mustard improve on the already eye-gasmic picture. Pack a lunch or snack-you'll want to dawdle on this ride."

Bluff Trail Reviews

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5/18/2017
A lovely hike along the magnificent bluffs at Montana de Oro State Park, perfect for birdwatching, exploring tide pools, and seeing various marine mammals. When whales are migrating it is an especially excellent place to spot them.
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11/6/2015
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.
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6/25/2011
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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5/2/2011
Way easy and not much of a mtb ride but heck it is scenic and great for photo ops. 4 stars strictly for uniqueness and beauty.
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10/31/2000
Montana de Oro has some excellent mountain biking, especially considering the awesome views over the bay. There is plenty of climbing for the hard core riders as well as easier terrain as well. The beauty of the park is it's vast terrain and ability to cater to all types of uses. The trails are on the wide side and vary from easy to mildly technical. If in the area, you must try "Montana."
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Trail Information

Los Osos
Nearby City
Montaña de Oro State Park
Parks
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Views
Features
Montana de Oro State Park 805-528-0513
Local Contacts
USGS Morro Bay South; Thomas Brothers, San Luis Obispo County.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018