Spooner's Cove Bluff Trail

Morro Bay, California

Spooner's Cove Bluff Trail

Spooner's Cove Bluff Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"It is rare for a trail to be both ADA accessible and retain its wild character. The unique and scenic bluff trail is a perfect introduction to one of the largest state parks in California.

The compact-gravel ADA path winds along the exposed chaparral headland bluff past coves with interpretive panels and benches on which to sit and contemplate the coastline with white surf washing over the rocky shelves. Looking north you can see the 4-mile-long sand spit that protects the Morro Bay estuary from the temperamental Pacific Ocean with Morro Rock as its sentinel across the harbor entrance. At 1.1 miles, there’s a single picnic table on a rocky promontory sure to be one of the most scenic picnic table locations on the California coast."

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This is the essential Montana De Oro State Park trail. It is great for all skill levels, very kid-friendly, and teeming with all kinds of plants and wildlife both along the bluff walk and in the ocean. If your timing is right (the tide is out), then exploring the tide pools is a wonderful experience. Although it's an easy 3 mile trip you can definitely spend all day leisurely here or tack on a few extra miles here if you want to check out more of the park's trail network.

Trail Information

Morro Bay
Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
86 feet
Trailhead Elevation
94 feet
Top Elevation
Views, Wild Flowers
California state parks; www.parks.ca.gov State park docents are available for information at the old Spooner Ranch House Visitor Center daily in the summer and Thursday to Sunday year-round (805-5280513).
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