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A relatively tame trail up to wonderful views plus a fast descent off the backside.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Singletrack

1,055' 321 m

High

139' 43 m

Low

915' 279 m

Up

308' 94 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

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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Shared By:

Peter Aumann

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 48 votes

#154

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  4.7 from 48 votes
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Trail Rankings

#11

in California

#154

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18,697 Since Sep 19, 2013
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Photos

Hazard Peak Loop Trail Guide.
Sep 23, 2018 near Los Osos, CA
Pacific Ocean from Hazard Peak Trail, Montana de Oro SP
Sep 8, 2013 near Los Osos, CA
Nice views can be had from the top of Hazard Peak.
Dec 19, 2016 near Los Osos, CA
Moro Bay as seen from the top of Hazard Peak
Jul 10, 2017 near Los Osos, CA
The start of East Boundary
Dec 1, 2022 near Los Osos, CA
Hazard Peak Trail
Jun 6, 2016 near Los Osos, CA
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