Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | 3:00pm - 7:30pm

Where We Will Meet

Spooner's Ranch House Visitors Center

Where The Walk Will End

Spooner's Ranch House Visitors Center or Pizza in town - TBD

About This Walk

Welcome to the 11th Annual World Wide Photo Walk!  Our walk will be in Montana De Oro (Mountain of Gold) State Park along the coastline trails offering breathtaking views, a stunning shoreline, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. We’ll also likely see rabbits and a variety of birds. The trail and walk is up on the bluff above the beach and offers several spots to go down to the beach along the trail. There is a great Blow Hole along the Bluff Trail. Low tide on the 6th is at 2:43pm and high tide of 5.69 feet is at 8:40pm, so we should get some nice action from the Blow Hole in the late afternoon (it needs a pretty high tide).
We’ll meet in front of the Visitors Center (photo shown) at 3:00pm do some introductions, make sure everyone has had time to get there and set out on our walk by 3:30 at the latest. The visitor center is located at Spooner’s Ranch House Museum above Spooner’s Cove Beach which is the popular beach for sunbathers. We’ll try to do a group photo prior to setting out on our walk.

Bluff Trail is a level coastal trail which is an easy walk that can be done on foot, by bike and is even wheelchair accessible so you don’t need to worry about any inclines or special footwear. The trail is about 2 miles long one way with a host of side trails that allow for outings between one and five miles. A hike of around three miles round trip with 90 feet of elevation change is the perfect way to see all the tide pools, beaches, rock islands, and natural bridges, along the superb coastline of the park, hitting highlights like Corallina Cove, Quarry Cove, and Grotto Rock.

On most of our World Wide Photo Walks we’ve ended the walk at a restaurant to talk about our walk, eat and socialize. Since there are no facilities in the park one thing we may consider doing is bringing some snacks and drinks that can be left in the car and meeting up at our starting point at the visitors center and have a picnic. If everyone can bring a little something to share that would be great. I’ll bring an ice chest with some cheese, crackers and some drinks. If it’s too dark/cold we can all meet up after for Pizza on Los Osos Valley Road. I’ll keep an eye on the weather forecast as we get closer to the date.
I’ve planned the walk in the late afternoon so we can enjoy and shoot both day shots and the sunset over the bluffs and ocean. We’ll have to play it by ear, sometimes the sunsets at Montana de Oro are spectacular, sometimes they are fogged in. Sunset on the 6th is at 6:39pm.

The hours I’ve posted for the walk may not necessarily be when we end depending on weather, however I wanted to post the time late enough to be able to include day and night shots to be eligible in the competition.  If we don’t get much we’ll be done by then, if we get some amazing color we may stay a bit longer.  It will be up to you.  🙂  The park closes at 10pm.

Layered clothing is highly recommended, the weather can change from one minute to the next
Bring some water and food in advance since there are no services within the state park and please….. pack out what you pack in! Leave no trace behind.
Always stay on designated trails
Dogs are not allowed on the trails or beaches, expect for Spooner’s Cove beach
Poison oak grows throughout the park so please be aware of where you are walking

For those of you who don’t know me, visit me at or look me up on LinkedIn Vivian Krug Cotton.
I look forward to seeing you all on October 6th for the 11th Annual World Wide Photo Walk!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

From Downtown San Luis Obispo, there are two routes to get to Montaña de Oro – hopping on Highway 1 or cruising on Los Osos Valley Road, which is the fastest route. Directions below.
Head northwest on Morro Street toward Monterey Street.
Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto Mill Street.
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Chorro Street.
Turn left onto Foothill Boulevard.
Turn right onto Los Osos Valley Road and continue for about 7 miles.
Take a slight left to stay on Los Osos Valley Road.
Continue onto Pecho Valley Road to your destination.
There is free parking along the road.

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