Looks like it’s going to be a great day for a hike, so we head back into Montana de Oro State Park to the Oats Peak trail. 5.4 miles each way, up into the mountains, toward the highest peak in the park. Everything’s still nice and green but pretty much the whole trail is views of the hills so not a big change of scenery to enjoy. There was no breeze until about halfway back so the warmth of the sun really heated up the day.
Great view from the top of the peak – 360 views of the mountains around us and the ocean peaking through between the valleys to our west. We stopped and ate lunch there.
Saw three rattlesnakes, two on the way up and one on the way back down, almost in the campground. Also spotted two garter snakes leaving the trail ahead of us.