Montana De Oro State Beach: Bluff Trail

Hike some of the most rugged yet picturesque coastline along the Central California coast at this secluded state park in San Luis Obispo County.
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119 - Begin this easy hike at horseshoe-shaped Spooners Cove. Head south a very short distance to a small bridge. Cross it bearing west along the southside of Spooners Cove.
120 - At the Y-junction bear right next to tall cyprus tree with Spooners Cove on the right.
121 - At the Y-junction bear right and south over another foot bridge in coastal chaparral.
122 - Pass the Pecho Road sign to a Y-junction and bear right continuing along the bluffs. Keep an eye out for black oystercatchers, gulls, brown pelicans and other seabirds.
123 - At another Y-junction bear right and south. Good place for lunch and photography.
124 - You'll come to a fence and no trespassing sign. Incredible views of weathered bluffs, pristine beaches and rugged coastal mountains teeming with mule deer, mountain lions and other wildlife. Retrace your steps back to Spooners Cove.

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While hugging the rugged coastline, keep an eye out for rare, hardy seabirds like this pigeon guillemot.

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This coastline is some of the most scenic central California has to offer. Virtually every lookout is worth a stop.


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All along the route, keep an eye out for wildlife. Besides seabirds, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and mule deer frequent the region.

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This is arguably the best lookout on the hike and it's only a short distance from the carpark. This is Spooners Cove.

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