The beautiful central coast of California will be ours to enjoy this spring. Montana de Oro, or the “hills of gold” with it’s stunning vistas and rugged cliffs, endless shoreline and miles of sand dunes is where our secluded campsites will be located. Numerous hiking trails lead into the hills and along the bluffs providing amazing panoramas of the surrounding area. Other trails head over sand dunes and through Eucalyptus groves down to the shore to some great tide pools with an abundance of sea life.
We’ll have improved vault toilets and running water. Sorry, no showers here, so bring your own solar shower (or share with a friend). Bring your 10 essentials as per the GO website, boots, warm and cold weather clothing. You should also consider bringing river sandals (for kayaking) or a bike for trail riding. There is a major shopping center nearby in Los Osos in case you forget anything.
Located nearby is Moro Bay with its historic downtown. Here you can view Moro Rock, a 23 million year old towering volcanic plug left over from a volcano that has completely eroded away. You may decide to rent a kayak (about $25/2 hours) and tour the bay with it’s sea lions and sea otters or simply view them from the shore. The Elfin Forest is also close by where you can see pygmy coast live oak with their bizarre stunted growth.
You are responsible for bringing all your own camping gear, stove, flashlight, lantern and food. We also ask that you bring 2 bundles of firewood to help keep the campfire blazing and a pot luck item to share on Saturday night. Weather on the coast can change suddenly so bring all weather clothing. Dry-fit or noncotton clothing is best if you plan on kayaking.
Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas consumption & parking costs. Please make sure to complete the section on carpooling on the sign up form so we can coordinate.
Directions: 101 fwy north from L.A. to exit #200 Los Osos/Baywood, turn left on Los Osos Valley Rd. Continue on to Pacheco Valley Rd and veer right. Follow signs to Montana de Oro
· Arrive any time after 2 pm / prepare your own dinner.
· Fireside Meet and Greet ( GO will provide, but bring a snack to share if desired).
· Group campfire.
· Prepare your own breakfast, lunch and dinner.
· Hiking, biking, exploring, kayaking.
· Sunset watch ( bring your favorite beverage).
· Group campfire, board games and good conversation.
· Starting at 8:00 a.m. Great Outdoors LA will prepare breakfast for you. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and coffee will be served.
· Afterwards, hiking, biking, exploring, tidepools, kayaking, wineries and Moro Bay are all nearby for you to enjoy.
· Pot Luck at 6:00 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share and we’ll provide the desserts. Group campfire, board games or cards (UNO?) to follow.
· Do some early exploring then pack up and head out by noon.
Other attractions nearby:
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony. Watch hundreds of these amazing and sometimes funny creatures in their native habitat sprawled on the beach. Reaching lengths of 14-16 feet and weighing up to 4000 ponds they inhabit on of the largest colonies in the world.
Hearst Castle, the magnificent home of William Randolph Hearst is open daily. A variety of tours can be taken but reservations are advised.
Local wineries offer wine tasting and there are many nice restaurants on the waterfront in Moro Bay.
The Elfin Forest and the old growth coastal oak preserve offer some amazing examples of California’s native flora.