February 3, 2019
Visitors and local residents are invited to join the popular annual Super Bowl Sunday Trail Work Day each February in Montaña de Oro State Park, along with many other trail maintenance days throughout Highway 1 Discovery Route year-round. All events are well organized by the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers group, a non-profit organization since 1987 that assists California State Parks, County Parks, and the National Forest Service to expand and maintain networks of sustainable and enjoyable trails. No experience is necessary to jump in to help and learn!
Trails in Montaña de Oro State Park, near the towns of Los Osos and Baywood, offer bicyclists, hikers and equestrians varied terrain with beautiful ocean and canyon views. The park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons and hills, include the 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The best known beach is beautiful Spooner’s Cove, across from the main campground. The park’s name, Montaña de Oro, means “Mountains of Gold,” and comes from the massive amount of golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park features the black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher.
Additional opportunities for volunteering on trail restoration include at least one trail work session per month. Two major work days are offered each year and are called TRAILWERKS. These all day events include meals, t-shirts, and raffle prizes for participants.
The Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers group encourages everyone who enjoys California trail systems to volunteer for workdays, as well as practice important trail etiquette which prevents trail erosion, reduces user conflicts, and ensures trail access. More detailed information, trail guidelines, and volunteer locations are available on the website. Free and awesome San Luis Obispo Trail Map guides are available here.
Donations are most welcome and appreciated to purchase trail building tools for all volunteers. Event starts at 8am and volunteers need to check in at the Montaña de Oro Visitors Center. Work will begin at the Quonset Hut area above Spooners Cove. We supply a light breakfast and tools, but volunteers should come prepared for hiking and trailwork with good shoes/boots, long pants and long sleeves for poison oak.