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Bluff - Oats Peak Loop

Intermediate

Trail

9.4 mile 15.2 kilometer loop
87% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,544' 471 m
Descent: -1,519' -463 m
High: 1,311' 400 m
Low: 38' 12 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

A nice day run offering cliffs and mountains alike.

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Overview

This run 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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May 27, 2019
Black Beard
Pushing through thistles and overgrown vegetation through the final ascent is made worthwhile the moment you see the view at the summit. 9.6mi — 1h 37m
Apr 29, 2019
Gustavo Quepon
Did longer variation with additional mileage on Rattlesnake flats trail and Valencia Peak summit addition. — 3h 17m
Mar 18, 2019
Elliott Bates
Awesome

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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
Oats Peak offers a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
Mar 31, 2017 near Los Osos, CA
Montana de Oro State Park - Bluff Trail
Apr 28, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Some of the local fauna at Montana de Oro State Park
Apr 28, 2015 near Los Osos, CA

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