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Hazard Peak Trail

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 5.0 from 2 votes
  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #1 in the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo area
#13 in CA, #172 Overall
Views: 1,803. Last 30 days: 242
Jul 31 Green - dry, but recent trail work has it looking great.
Trail near Morro Bay,  area, 
“A relatively tame trail up to wonderful views plus a fast descent off the backside.”
Peter Aumann on Sep 19, 2013
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4.16.6 milesKilometers 915’279 m Ascent 1,055’321 m High 6% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -308’-94 m Descent 139’43 m Low 12% Max Grade (7°)
Hazard Peak is a very well-built trail that serves as the best place to start riding in Montana de Oro State Park. The end goal, Hazard peak, is a great viewpoint when there's no fog. Check weather locally to get the greatest reward for your climb.

The trail begins by heading up a sandy bluff, turning right at a junction in a eucalyptus grove (mile 1.0), then meandering back towards the brush covered slopes of Hazard Peak. Sustained yet moderate grades lead to a sharp left turn and an exposed traverse and shortly thereafter, the summit. A spur trail heads up to a picnic bench and amazing coastal views.

On the far side of Hazard Peak, the trail changes character and becomes rocky and steeper. This short drop quickly leads to a more flowy section and after a distinct right curve at a bench, and finally into a series of quick curves. The trail ends at a junction in a new, lush micro-climate.

While the front side of this trail (trailhead to Hazard Peak) is a blast both up and down, the backside's top section is loose, rocky, and will require most riders to walk on the way up.

Note - Hazard Peak is also a popular hiking destination, and Montana de Oro in general is popular with equestrians, so grab a bell at the trailhead box and help keep all trail users happier.
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PHOTOS of Hazard Peak Trail
 3.3 from 3 votes
Pacific Ocean from Hazard Peak Trail, Montana de Oro SP (Morro Bay, CA)
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