Valencia Peak Hiking Trail

Montaña de Oro State Park Hiking Trail

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The trail starts near the Spooner Ranch House in the heart of Montaña de Oro State Park. Depending on the time of year, parking may be free. Check with the ranger to confirm. Starting from the Spooner Ranch House, the Valencia Peak Trail crisscrosses its way up to two different peaks resembling ancient pyramids. There is a trail fork about 1.5 miles into the hike. Look for the signs pointing to Valencia Peak.

When you reach the peak, you’ll have climbed approximately 1,250 in elevation gain. The panoramic views from the top are breathtaking, especially during the wildflower season.

Scroll down below to see a trail map, photos and more!

Trail Tips:

  • Pay close attention for ticks as the area is known for having a high concentration of them.
  • Pack lots of water as there are no aid stations along the trail.

Estimated Time: 2.5 – 3 hours

Total Distance: 4.5 miles (round-trip)

Map & Directions

Trail Pictures

Total Distance (miles)

"Montaña de Oro" means "Mountain of Gold" in Spanish

Total Estimated Time (hours)

Montaña de Oro State Park has over 8,000 acres of trails and coastal areas to explore.

Valencia Peak Photo Gallery

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When to Go

Spring/Summer/Fall: Montaña de Oro State Park is open year-round. However depending on the time of year, sections of the trails may be inaccessible due to rain. If you want to see amazing wildflowers and less crowds, the #GoHikeIt team recommends going during the spring.

Dog Friendly

No, dogs are not allowed on any trails in Montaña de Oro State Park.

Montaña de Oro State Park Trail Map

Montaña de Oro Trail Directions

Address for GPS: 35.274444, -120.886930


Why We Liked It

Montaña de Oro State Park features miles upon miles of sprawling hiking trails. The park features easier coastal trails suitable for families or challenging terrain for the accomplished hiker. We enjoyed the coastal views of California’s central coast and the pyramid like shapes of Valencia Peak. We will definitely be back!

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