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Three Beautiful Monterey County Hikes

03 May 2024
A rocky coastline with trees and rocks

Monterey boasts an array of outdoor activities, but hiking is undoubtedly a favorite among them. The awe-inspiring landscapes of Monterey County, with its rugged coastline and towering forests, beckon to both outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. If you crave adventure and breathtaking vistas on your next getaway, look no further than the hiking trails that await you. So, grab your hiking boots, lace them up, and get ready to embark on an exploration of this region. From serene coastal paths to towering forest trails, Monterey County hikes are sure to leave you in awe.


1. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has gorgeous landscapes like no other. Just a 20-minute drive south from our hotel, this coastal reserve has dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, and turquoise waters. There are many trails to choose from easy leisurely strolls like the ADA-compliant Sand Hill Trail to more challenging trails like the North Shore Trail. As you walk the paths, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, sea otters, and other wildlife. The Reserve is open 8am to 7pm daily, and has a vehicle entrance fee of $10 per car. Plan your visit and find out more information through their website.

A rocky beach with a bird flying over it


2. Garland Ranch Regional Park

Nestled in the scenic Carmel Valley, Garland Ranch Regional Park has tranquil meadows, creeks, and towering redwood groves. Other features include a waterfall and historic buildings. This expansive park offers a variety of trails suitable for hikers of all skill levels, making it the perfect destination for a family outing or a solo adventure. This park is also dog-friendly with many areas that allow off-leash walking, and has some trails where horseback riding is allowed. Check out their website for more information on the trails offereings and features.

A woman walking on a bridge


3. Jacks Peak Park

Located less than 20 minutes away from the Portola Hotel & Spa, Jacks Peak Park offers a serene escape from the city. With over 8 miles of winding paths through forests, this park is a hiker's paradise. For an unforgettable experience, the Skyline Trail is a must-try, as it provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the bay. Additionally, visitors have a choice of 10 other trails, each showcasing the beauty of Monterey. To enter the park, there is fee of $2 per person and an additional $2 per dog. For further details about planning your hike, don't forget to check out their website.


Plan Your Monterey County Hikes

Whether you're in the mood for a tranquil walk with coastal views or a more demanding climb up to an awe-inspiring viewpoint, Monterey County has the perfect hiking adventure to match your preferences and abilities. With a diverse range of trails and landscapes, there is something for everyone. So, make sure to bring your hiking boots and get ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty that Monterey has to offer. This region of California promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of its scenery. To book your stay in Monterey, visit our website, or call us at (888)-222-5851.

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