Bluff - Rattlesnake Flats - Coon Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 703' 214 m
Descent: -707' -216 m
High: 539' 164 m
Low: 34' 10 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A stunning coastal bluff trail rising through a rugged mountain loop.”— Paul Jurasin
Miles 2 through 4 are difficult climb and decent sections on narrow singletrack.
The first 2 miles of this amazingly scenic hike is on a relatively flat, wide singletrack trail located on a bluff 50 feet above the rocky ocean shoreline. This section of the route is known as the Bluff Trail. At 2 miles, the Bluff Trail ends at a parking lot with restrooms.
From the parking lot, hike 100 yards northward along the Pecho Valley Road where the entrance to the Rattlesnake Flats trail begins. This trail segment is anything but flat. The narrow singletrack winds first through rolling terrain covered in scrub. After 1/4 mile, the trail begins its climb through a beautiful, rocky valley before rising to a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The trail winds along the ridge for nearly a mile before steeply dropping through several switchbacks to the Coon Creek Trail.
At the Coon Creek Trail intersection, turn right as the terrain becomes a gentle downhill singletrack through a lush canopy of greenery surrounded by impressive rocky cliffs on both sides of the trail. After winding down the trail for another mile or so, the Bluff trail intersection at the parking lot appears followed by a return along the rugged coastline for a 2 mile hike the car.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Montana de Oro