Montaña de Oro State Park: Islay Creek Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"After a week, smoggy Los Angeles seems full of snarling attack dogs and urbanites ready to carve out your liver over a parking space. But drive north of Santa Barbara, where the air is clear, and you’ll see hikers on cliﬀs at sunset, parents with babies in backpacks, ball-chasing Labrador retrievers, and unattended bicycles—especially at Montaña de Oro State Park. Its rocky azure coves feel like Greece; the sandwiched cliﬀs jutting out over the ocean are reminiscent of Cornwall; and the long sand dunes resemble Provincetown on Cape Cod.
With 7 miles of spectacular coast, this is one of California’s largest state parks. Montaña de Oro was Chumash Indian territory until the Spanish Mission Period. The Chumash were missionized, then left without a way of life when the missions were secularized. Then came the Pechos, a Spanish family who dealt in cattle, and the ranching Spooners."