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“good workout and great ocean views”

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Owner description: Hiking trail that ends with a spectacular view of the whole Central Coast.
Reviewed 18 February 2014

A 4 mile RT hike up a mildly steep, rocky trail. Exercises the ankles. Gets the heart and lungs pumping. Went on a gorgeous sunny day and could see forever to the mountains and to the ocean. Cooling breezes. Warning, trail signage is a joke (barely present) and visitor center had inadequate hours. We hikers asked each other and of course, going up would get to some peak and going down would get to the ocean. Hard to get lost, but might not be where you planned. Trail is exposed so bring hat and sunblock. They allow horses on many of the narrow trails.

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

The Montana de Oro State Park has many other trials, but Valencia Peak has thee best view. The whole park is surrounded by beautiful views from the beaches and cliffs to the trees and mountains. The trail itself was never too difficult and definitely helped me grow as a new hiker :) oh..and I'd definitely invest in hiking boots before going!

Thank Adriana P
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Well worth the hike! About half way to the top, near the ridge of the second peak, we've found fossils --- really cool! Look carefully along the part that looks like a dinosaur ridge - that's where we found the fossils. You can see absolutely stunning views from the top!!

Thank katie b
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Nice hike. Not too difficult. We only had sneakers and the the path is a little rocky, but no problems. Views are nice although it was a little foggy the day we were there..

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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It is not ever very steep at any point, but is a gradually trying trail that provides a good work out. The view on the day we hiked it was obscured by the fog, so we were unable to get the great view of the ocean that we were told about. Once you get up high enough though to where you are above clouds the view below is awesome. I am a bit timid when it comes to wildlife so the signs warning about mountain lions, rattlesnakes, tics and poison ivy made me a bit nervous- particularly the rattlesnakes as some locals told me that it is not totally uncommon to see them. Luckily we did not!

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