A nice place to go.
Went to this State Park, about 2 miles south of Los Osos, California, yesterday with my daughter and we had a great time. After our recent coast clean up (see my last post) it was beautiful. Honestly though, I don’t remember the park any other way.
“The park’s name, ‘Mountain of Gold,’ comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring” says the California Department of Parks and Recreation. “It has 8,000 acres (32 km²) of cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including the 1,347-foot (411 m) Valencia Peak.” according to Wikipedia. There are 20 trails to explore here. Truly one of the greatest local hiking experiences you can enjoy.
Some pics (click to enlarge).
We take the Bluffs trail, an easy 4, or so, mile walk up and back along the edge with a fantastic view.
Really, I’ve often privately noted that pictures never do a place justice. At Montaña de Oro, you’ve got to smell the salty sea breeze, the sound of crashing waves, the cry of gulls, the feel of your feet buried in warm sand in person. I’ve definitely got to come here more often!