Islay Creek Trail / Montana de Oro State Park

Los Osos, California

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This eight-mile loop is a relatively short but demanding ride. The first three miles on Islay Creek road climb gently and steadily over several short, easy hills. Beginners should turn around here for a pleasant out-and-back trip, for after this the narrow, singletrack East Boundary Trail climbs very steeply. It is rocky and sandy in places and at times more closely resembles a ditch than a trail. On the singletrack Ridge Trail you will encounter many ups and downs of varying technical and physical difficulty. Ridge Trail includes a variety of trail conditions. Expect rocky and sandy portions as well as some fine riding surfaces. There is some deep sand on the descent to paved Pecho Valley Road. The views on this ride are outstanding.

Islay Creek Trail / Montana de Oro State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This eight-mile loop is a relatively short but demanding ride. The first three miles on Islay Creek road climb gently and steadily over several short, easy hills. Beginners should turn around here for a pleasant out-and-back trip, for after this the narrow, singletrack East Boundary Trail climbs very steeply. It is rocky and sandy in places and at times more closely resembles a ditch than a trail. On the singletrack Ridge Trail you will encounter many ups and downs of varying technical and physical difficulty. Ridge Trail includes a variety of trail conditions. Expect rocky and sandy portions as well as some fine riding surfaces. There is some deep sand on the descent to paved Pecho Valley Road. The views on this ride are outstanding."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Los Osos
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,901 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round.
Trailhead Elevation: 100 feet
Top Elevation: 1,076 feet
Local Contacts: Montana de Oro State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Islay Creek Trail / Montana de Oro State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2006
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I was very disappointed. I love technical climbs, but this one is not fun. It is basically a deep rut filled with sand. The trail is in atrocious shape. It is highly eroded in spots, while in other spots it is badly overgrown with weeds. The downhill is not enjoyable due to the loose dirt, ruts, and berms. Manzanita Trail turns into boring doubletrack. The entrance to Bloody Nose Trail is not well marked, and this trail guide doesn't explain how to get to it. Save your time and go to Cerro Cabrillo.



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