Point Buchon HIke
This pristine section of the Central Coast, which was previously closed to the public, has been opened as the Point Buchon Trail. This protected area is rich in beauty, wildlife and history. We will cross over Coon Creek on a bridge to view a steelhead restoration area, established by the City of San Luis Obispo. At the mouth of Coon Creek, you will explore a sea cave and learn about the geology of the area. A recently formed 100 foot diameter sink hole can be safely viewed from the trail. During the hike you will view sea otter habitat and perhaps see passing marine wildlife from the bluff. This is also a great area to view local and migrating birds. An abundant display of local flora and chaparral can be seen from the bluff.
Note: Point Buchon is considered an easy five-mile hike. We will be walking up a small hill in the beginning of the hike and on sand at the mouth of Coon Creek.
Participants must sign a PG&E waiver form and a LLCC waiver form before beginning the hike. You will encounter poison oak and ticks on the trail. Although rare, rattlesnakes may be encountered on the trail. Rain will cancel the hike.
Bring a hat, dress in layers, the weather can change frequently on the bluffs. Wear closed toe sturdy shoes or boots for walking on uneven terrain. Bring binoculars to better view the wildlife and a camera to preserve the experience. Also bring a lunch or snack and plenty of water for a 4 hour walk. Bathrooms are available at the trailhead, Coon Creek parking lot and at Windy Point.
These are your guides on this hike:
Paul O'Connor, former Cal Fire Captain, is an experienced outdoorsman, Pecho Coast Trail docent, Buchon Point Trail docent, San Luis Lighthouse Keeper, and LLCC leader of local area hikes. Presently works part time as a tour guide with Central Coast Outdoors, giving kayak tours in Morro Bay and hikes in Big Sur. Docent at State Parks and Museum of Natural History, leading walks in MdO, Tidepools and programs at the museum.
Jerry Kirkhart is a retired Bio/Zoology College Instructor who used photography in teaching some 43 years. Since retiring from teaching, he continues his passion for especially wildlife photography including both macro and standard techniques. He also has led or co-led many Digital Photo Walks for the state parks, and is also a docent for the PGE as a PCT docent hiking to the lighthouse. He is involved with intertidal field trips and marine biology photography as well as wildflower photography, and many other hikes, especially in the MDO area. He enjoys all the various opportunities that this area has to offer and loves to share them with others.
Barton Dennen Oversees volunteers with restoration work at the Port San Luis Lighthouse, gives guided tours of the Lighthouse and on the Lighthouse board. But, on special occasions, he leads hikes in San Luis Obispo county, giving emphasis to the native plants, geology and history of the surroundings.
Monday, April 8 10am - 2pm
Montana de Oro State Park. Park and meet at the Coon Creek parking lot near the end of Pecho Road at the southern boundary of the park. Limited parking, carpool if possible
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Montana de Oro State Park (View)
3550 Pecho Valley Rd
Los Osos, CA 93402
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