Vacation Travel – Central Coastal Hiking, Bouchon Trail, San Luis Obispo, CA by

Journal Notes

If you are like me and really don’t care for long, boring, strenuous, uphill hikes then you are in luck because I have a beautiful hike for you to try the next time you are vacationing along the California central coast. This hike should be considered easy to moderate in difficulty and would be perfect for singles, couples, groups and families alike. The Point Bouchon Trail runs directly along a serene and untouched section of the California coastline. To reach Point Buchon you will need to enter the Montana de Oro State Park, located just south of Los Osos. This pristine area of coastline is situated north of the Point San Luis Lighthouse and just west of the Irish Hills on California’s Central Coast. As you enter through the south end of Montana de Oro State Park (Coon Creek Parking Lot), you will see the trailhead by following the posted signs along the way. The Trail is open Thursday through Monday from 8am to 5pm during the summer months (April through October) and from 8am to 4pm during the winter months (November through March). The Park Rangers limit the number of visitors to 275 hikers per day, so I would highly recommend calling ahead for a reservation especially if you are making a special trip to the area. The hike is relatively easy, but becomes moderately strenuous with rocky, uneven terrain during the last 1.5 miles or so. While on this stunning hike you can expect to see secluded beaches, rugged cliffs, tide pools, coastal wildlife and wide open 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. If you visit during the whale migration season, you may even spot a breaching gray whale if you’re lucky!

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