The 72-mile ride to Montaña de Oro and back is packed with natural wonders that will satisfy your adventurous spirit. Take a quick detour down the trails of Fiscalini Ranch, hop off the bike for a hike in the Harmony Headlands, and explore the beach, tide pools, and caves at Spooner’s Cove—then cap off the perfect day with a burger at House of Juju by the Bay.
Points of Interest
House of Juju by the Bay
This family-owned restaurant serves up more than just gourmet burgers, fresh salads, and delicious potatoes by the pound—with views of the harbor and Morro Rock beyond, you’ll ride away feeling satisfied in every way. Don’t miss their house-made sauces and seafood specials!
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is home to a number of endangered species and species of special concern, but the most outstanding natural feature is the dramatic ocean bluff that runs more than a mile along the shoreline of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Ranch features eight trail entrances that meander through 437 acres of protected forest, riparian habitat and grasslands, including the local favorite Bluff Trail. Springtime offers an abundance of wildflowers.
Harmony Headlands State Park
Harmony Headlands State Park is a 784-acre coastal park located approximately five minutes north of the coastal community of Cayucos in San Luis Obispo County on Highway One. The park is open for day use hiking from 6 a.m. to sunset. A quick hike up the trail from the road will lead to stunning views.
Montaña de Oro Beach Stop: Spooner’s Cove
Spooner’s Cove Beach sits in a cove where Islay Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful cove has a pebbly beach, tide pools, caves, and unique rock formations to climb around on especially at lower tides. Ride into Montaña de Oro State Park to explore the beach and surrounding areas.
Montaña de Oro State Park
Tucked away south of Morro Bay is Montaña de Oro State Park, a haven for lovers of the great outdoors from all over the Central Coast and beyond. This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The park’s name, “Mountain of Gold,” comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom each spring.