Hazard Peak Trail

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4.1 Miles 6.6 Kilometers


915' 279 m


-308' -94 m


1,055' 321 m


139' 43 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (7°)

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

Peter Aumann


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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Lower half of the trail is a sweet meander through the sage brush and dunes. Higher up the trail, still low angle of 6%, turns a little rocky, and the chamber can push you out towards the edge a little occasionally -but nothing insurmountable for a novice with a bit of spirit... Consider carrying on to the East boundary trail and on to the road and then back up the East boundary trail if you are looking to improve your MTB skills without a death wish.. Some downhill parts of the East boundary can be a little scary if you lack a tenacious spirit, but you can always walk a section or two. Good luck and enjoy. Dec 31, 2015

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