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Review of Bluff Trail

Bluff Trail
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Los Osos
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Owner description: Scenic hiking trail in the Montana De Oro State Park.
Reviewed 1 March 2012

easy for children and the elderly. Amazing views and a great photo opportunity!

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Reviewed 6 October 2011

The Bluff Trail in Montana de Oro State Park is simply one of the most beautiful hikes you will ever take. And, it’s appropriate for novice hikers – the trail is well-marked and has very little elevation gain. You should be good to go if you have a sturdy pair of walking shoes, sunscreen and some water. A hat, sunglasses and a camera would also be strongly recommended.

Once you enter Montana de Oro State Park, you’ll pass through a eucalyptus grove before reaching the parking area for the Bluff Trail, which is on the right side of the road just past the park’s visitor center (where you can find vault toilets if needed). From the parking area, follow the signs for the Bluff Trail and begin hiking south over a short wooden bridge. The wide dirt trail turns toward the sea and will take you along the coastal bluffs, past tide pools and beaches, and along the dramatic rocky vistas along California’s Central Coast. You’ll find yourself stopping often to take in the magnificent views.

You’ll no doubt see a lot of waterfowl, including seagulls, pelicans and cormorants. Along the trail we also encountered quite a few rabbits and a couple dozen small lizards. Hikers have reported seeing dolphins and otters off the shore, but they weren't out when we were there.

Unfortunately, the spur trail to Corallina Cove was closed due to storm damage, so we were unable to venture down to the tide pools. However, there was plenty of rugged shoreline to behold beyond this cove, including areas known as Quarry Cove (marked by a single picnic table) and Grotto Rock (a small cavernous island in the middle of a cove).

A quarter mile past Grotto Rock (and 1.7 miles from the trailhead) you will come to a fenced area indicating the end of the Bluff Trail. There is a connection trail to the left that goes sharply inland for about a half-mile, where it meets a parking area for Coon Creek Trail and Point Buchon Trail. There isn’t much to see along the connection trail, but there is a vault toilet in the parking lot.

If you walk the entire trail (including the final connector) up and back you’ll cover a little less than 4.5 miles, so you should plan your route (and turnaround point) according to your fitness level. However far you decide to go, you won’t regret taking the time to hike the beautiful Bluff Trail.

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Reviewed 5 August 2007

We got up early because we heard the tidepools at Montana De Oro were some of the best in California. Coralina Cove along the bluff trail proved just that. We diddnt want to do the 8 mile round trip bluff trail walk, so we parked at Valencia trail, and walked along the bluff trail, it is about 3 miles round trip to the cove. Some people may miss the cove, the trail forks and dips and there is a sign that says "Welcome to our home Coralina Cove" follow this down and then there are "hidden" cement stairs. Pretty sturdy, there is a handrail as well. This takes you right down to the tidepools. We saw anemones,sea urchins, crabs and starfish and lots of beautiful shells. It is best to go in low tide. You can pick up a free tide book at the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay. The trail itself is beautiful and easy to follow, and I am not a hiker. Plenty of photo opportunities as well. In the morning it was the most peaceful and not crowded, we felt like the only ones there at times except the occasional jogger that passed us. Pretty flowers and bunnies all around us. This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

3  Thank Teesa
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