Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Point Buchon Trail
south of Montaña de Oro State Park California


In 1968, when the giant utility PG&E was given permission to build a controversial nuclear plant at Diablo Canyon, 900 acres (360 hectares) of land was acquired as a buffer zone. After decades of total closure the first 3.6 miles of coastal trail south of Coon Creek was opened to limited public use in 2007.

Security is still tight even though the trail doesn't go anywhere near the nuclear plant. Hikers must register and sign an agreement before being allowed through the gate. The trail is fenced and sticks to the clifftop with no beach access. Despite the restrictions it is a popular hike, especially when wildflowers are abundant in spring and early summer.



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