The NEW - Canyon View Trail
You may have noticed something new at MdO...

This page is an on-going progress report about the new Canyon View Trail that is being constructed at Montaña do Oro State Park.

The Canyon View Trail will join the Hazard Peak Trail with Islay Creek Trail (Road), allowing a short cut between the Hazard Peak Trail and the Oats Peak Trail.

If you would like to be a part of building this new trail, join our volunteer trail crew by signing up on the link in the right-hand column.

For more information contact:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not attempt any trail access at any time during this construction process.  There will be NO hikeable or rideable segments of trail until construction is complete in the winter time. Riding or biking at this stage may destroy fine flagging needed by the trail building machine.

New MdO Connector Trail Details

Construction is scheduled for January 2019 and should take about 2 weeks.  The 2 mile long trail will be designed for multi-use and the same general characteristics as Oats Peak Trail.  These are the main characteristics:

  1. Machine built and hand finished to 2 to 3 feet wide

  2. Grade reversals to control erosion – reversal size and spacing generally less dramatic than Oats

  3. Long lines of sight to make multi-use and two-way traffic safe

  4. Bermed switchbacks (11 of them) with a flat walking surface on the inside for foot traffic (hoof and foot)

  5. Approximately a 5% average grade (about the same as Oats and Hazard Peak Trail)

It will be a CCCMB designed trail and the lead trail builder will be Drew Perkins a professional trail builder who works for Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz.  Drew designed and built the Flow Trail in the Demo Forest and was the machine operator on the Pismo Preserve trail build.

More details on how you can help with the building will follow when the details have been hammered out.

A Unique Partnership Makes Connector Trail Possible

Although having a new trail at MdO is exciting it is the partnerships and agreements that make the trail possible which will have the greatest lasting impact on the MdO trail system.

The unique agreement has the equestrians (SLOPOST and Coast Mounted Assistance), purchasing a mini-excavator for State Parks and Parks in turn providing a staff person (the District’s experienced equipment operator) to work on the build.  That person will help build the trail and operate the mini-ex in order to learn trail building skills and to gain experience. CCCMB’s contribution is to provide the professional trail builder, Drew Perkins, who will spend much of the build time instructing and supervising the Parks staff person.

The goal of this collaboration is to have a mini-ex and an experienced operator at MdO to do quality trail maintenance and construction on into the future.

~ Greg Bettencourt ~

Friday, November 16th:

We continued up several more switch backs, using the flow sticks to fine flag the trail.  We marked several corners with the proper flow which involves widening the curve radius as the trail drops down.  The photo below is marking one of the "flow corners" with a stick and a knotted measuring rope.


Friday, November 2nd:  

Began fine flagging the trail at the bottom, working up.  A crew of 8, transported the equipment including 7 flow sticks (10' lengths of 1" PCV pipe joined together).  See picture below.  

  The Friday Hot Spot Crew sighting the % grade of the flow stick to mark with flags

Monday, Aug 2nd: Brush (and poison oak) clearing

 - Trail crews have been clearing brush in preparation for the trail building to begin.

A view of the new Islay Creek Connector Trail looking over from Oats Peak Trail
(click pic for a larger view)

Monday, May 22nd: Flagging

 - Five brave souls trudged through a sea of brush and poison oak to "flag" this new trail.  Click on the pictures below to see larger versions:

It is now completely flagged and pinned for an 8 ft. wide trail corridor. It is ready for brush clearance to commence by CalFire and Department of Corrections crews. Stay tuned for more detail to follow.

Trail Crew Volunteers Needed
Jan. 7th thru 25th
(Sign up for any portion)

We are looking for trail crew volunteers to help build the new Canyon View Trail in Montaña de Oro. Volunteers can sign up for any portion of the build over this three-week period. The extent of the work will involve following the mini-excavator ('Lil Buttercup) and doing "finish work", by shaping and smoothing the excavator-cut trail.  Work generally takes place from 8am to 5pm, but you can be flexible, leaving early if needed, or arriving later if you choose.

Due to the remote location, we will be transporting volunteers in and out and it is important that we know how many will be attending each day.  It is also to ensure that a CCCMB T-shirt is ready for you on your first work day, in the proper size!

If you have questions prior to completing this form contact-    or phone 805-286-0930

Check out the map of the new Canyon View Trail below     

Click the map below for a larger view

Trail Progress to Date