The camp ground is a little out of the way for a stay in the central coast area but it is just so pretty and so not crowded at all! During the week you never need reservations in the off season. It is one of my favorite local camp grounds and a real hidden gem located on the California coast line.
If you have time to do one hike at Montano de Oro the Hazard’s Peak is the hike to do.
The Hazard’s Peak hike takes you South over the Irish Hills. Most years they are super green and lush, unfortunately California is seeing a severe drought right now and nothing was as green as it normally is. This is still a awesome hike though as you gain over a thousand feet gradually in altitude before reaching the summit and the epic views of Morro Rock to the north.
Since this route is so gradual you will see a ton of mountain bikers here but they are encouraged to strap bells to their bikes so you can hear them coming around the tight turns and chaparral.
I was told that rattle snakes are often seen here in the summer months. On this cool February morning I just saw a little green and yellow striped garden snack and was very pleased he was not a rattler.
Details for the Hazard Peak Hike
Sunscreen, snacks, 1-3 liters of water depending on how many miles you want to do.
First aid kit, wide brimmed hat