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Bluff - Oats Peak Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice day hike offering cliffs and mountains alike.


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9.4

Miles

15.2

KM

Loop

1,311' 400 m

High

38' 12 m

Low

1,544' 471 m

Up

1,519' 463 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This hike combines spectacular views from Bluff Trail with vistas from Oats Peak and Valencia Peak.

Need to Know

Bring a hat and plenty of water since the only shade you'll get is on Coon Creek Trail.

Description

The first part of this loop follows the Bluff Trail along the coast with great views of the cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. Feel free to take a couple detours down to the water and explore the cliffs. Once you reach the Pecho Valley parking lot, keep to the right to get on Coon Creek Trail. The next few miles lead you through mostly dense riparian vegetation on both sides of the trail and you cross Coon Creek several times over bridges. Turn left onto Oats Peak Trail and follow the switchbacks up to Oats Peak.

Right before you reach Oats Peak, make a sharp left turn to stay on the trail. Oats Peak offers a great vista of the entire Montaña de Oro State Park. Continue on Oats Peak Trail and keep left towards Valencia Peak Trail. Feel free to take the short spur up Valencia Peak before you head back towards the cliffs. The switchbacks on Valencia Peak Trail offer a great panoramic view.

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Tilman Giese

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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Photos

Bluffs over the Pacific Ocean
Apr 16, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Poppies and morning glories on the Bluff Trail
Apr 28, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Valencia Peak from Bluff Trail in Montana de Oro State Park
Apr 28, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Close to bagging peak!
Feb 17, 2020 near Los Osos, CA
Oats Peak offers a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
Mar 31, 2017 near Los Osos, CA
Soak up the ocean view from Valencia Peak Trail.
Jun 21, 2017 near Los Osos, CA

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Oct 18, 2019
Scott Harsh
Fantastic Hike. Awesome views and really nice changes in vegetation and scenery. We tagged on a couple of side trails to extend the hike. 12.1mi — 5h 45m
Feb 23, 2019
Jason Fields
9.4mi — 5h 00m
Oct 1, 2018
Chuck Niblick
9.4mi
Oct 1, 2018
Brittany Niblick
9.4mi
Aug 4, 2018
Cheryl Mathews
Jun 17, 2017
Tilman Giese
10mi — 4h 33m