.3 miles on the left eucalyptus grove.
The eucalyptus trees were planted in the 1940’s by Alexander S. Hazard to cash in on California’s growing need for timber, unfortunately eucalyptus is unsatisfactory for commercial use.
.7 miles there is a road that grants you access to Sand Split.
The Sand Split is a long finger of sand that separates the ocean and the Morro Bay Estuary that you can walk for miles on.
1.6 miles there is access to the dunes.
2.5 miles there is access to the beach.
2.7 miles into the park is the Hollow Way Trail.
As the Hollow Way
trail begins you can see cliffs and the beach on the right and a sage field
on the left. The trail continues along the edge of the cliff, but
there are wooden rails for your protection. At the first overlook
on the right you can see a nice outcrop of the Monterey Shale covered by
a conglomerate marine terrace. This is an example of an angular unconformity
with a tilt of about seventy degrees. The trail continues along the
edge of the cliff. At the point where the trail starts to veer left
away from the cliffs there are eroded channels to the right. The
trail then forks and you make a left down the hill. As you go down
the hill and look to the left you can see an outcrop that is matrix supported
made up of angular clasts, possibly the result of a slump. At the
bottom of the stairs turn right and you are on a beach facing the ocean.
When facing the ocean there is a channel at your back. A channel
is a bed where a natural stream of water runs. The beach is covered
with kelp, muscles and chert stones. As you move further away from
the water there is finer sediment possibly a mixture of sediment from the
channel and the ocean. There are also some stones with boring holes
in them. Borings are holes made by animals into hard material, such
as wood, shells, rock or hard sediment. Borings are usually circular in
Two possible birds that you might see are White Pelicans and the black birds are Cormorants. Along the trail you will also see a yellow flower Fennel, if you rub this in between your fingers it smells of licorice. At the beginning of the trail on the left is the Hollow Way Garden a fenced in garden made up of indigenous plants. The eucalyptus trees that you see are not indigenous to this area. The fog might be an issue if you arrive in the morning; the rate of visibility is probably much higher in the afternoon.
Pelagic Sediment in Montana del Oro State Park, California
Created by: Mollie Laird
Last Updated: December 2003