The loop trail provides unobstructed views of the lovely, rarely seen Diablo Canyon coastline. Looking south you may see hordes of seagulls and pelicans perched on the table-like rocks. Cattle and sheep sometimes graze along the bluffs, and we spotted a coyote that wasn’t at all intimidated by our presence. Along the trail is a sinkhole, actually a sea cave that collapsed in the 1990s. A wood fence keeps visitors at a safe distance. The exposed walls of the sinkhole display layers of shale lifted and tilted by persistent geological forces.
Trailhead: At Coon Creek lot, southern end of Pecho Valley Road (road closed to public beyond trailhead lot), two miles past historic ranch house visitor center in MontaÃ±a de Oro State Park
Length: Over 4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentleAn extremely steep approach to the guard station is on a paved road.
Terrain: Moderately FirmIt's a fairly bumpy ride and may be problematic for some.
Obstacles: There's no shade on the trail. Access around the locked gate at the paved road is about 32 inches.
DescriptionThe paved access road to the guard station, where visitors must check in and sign a liability release form, is extremely steep and requires caution. It first dips down past coffeeberry and sage to Coon Creek Bridge, where you might get lucky and see steelhead trout, then travels up another extremely steep section to the station. As a...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking: Limited Accessibility
Accessible Restroom: Limited Accessibility
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Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, September 18, 2009
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