Hazard Peak Trail

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  4.6 from 10 votes
blue  Intermediate from 4 votes
Rank: #1 in the Montaña de Oro State Park area
#6 in CA, #97 Overall
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Aug 20 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Los Osos,
“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°)
47:16 average time for 4.5 miles. Details

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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4.5 (10)
A climb to the highest ridge and peaks in Montana D'Oro SP.
near Los Osos, CA
4.0 (2)
A great trail that leads to awesome views!
near Nipomo, CA
3.4 (5)
A good longer ride around Lopez Lake
near Nipomo, CA

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PHOTOS of Hazard Peak Trail
  3.3 from 3 votes
Pacific Ocean from Hazard Peak Trail, Montana de Oro SP (Los Osos, CA)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Hazard Peak Trail (Los Osos, CA)