Coon Creek Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park is an in-and-out path that starts near the east of the Bluff Trail and follows a canyon with the namesake creek for about 2.5 miles before coming to an end in a grove of cypress trees. With only 250 feet of elevation gain, it’s not a steep trail, but on hot days, you can work up a sweat.
There are two trail junctions (Rattlesnake Flats is the first and Oats Peak Trail at the end point) that lead to even more challenging hikes in the park. Or you can simply hike in and out, as I did.
There are still burned trees and other traces from a fire that scorched the area in 2012. March was a good time to walk this one as thousands of butterflies darted around the trail. But hikers should be careful as there are dangerous critters throughout the area. I saw the back end of a rattlesnake stretched across part of the trail at about the halfway point, and I also had a dig a tick out of my leg after finishing. Good eyes and long pants and sleeves should take care of these problems.
Directions: From Highway 1, take the South Bay Drive exit just south of Morro Bay. Follow Bay into Baywood-Los Osos and take a right on Los Osos Valley Road. This will bend south near the coast and become Pecho Valley Road and will lead you straight into Montaña de Oro State Park. Pass through Spooner’s Cove and the Bluff Trail Parking Area until you reach the Coon Creek Parking Area. Nearby geocaches