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Top 5 Hikes in Monterey County
Lace up your hiking boots and choose to head outdoors in 2020! With the new year upon us, there's no better time than now to spend time outdoors, enjoying nature and the fresh coastal air!
TORO COUNTY PARK, SALINAS CA ALONG THE MONTEREY/SALINAS HIGHWAY 68
Distance from the Portola Hotel & Spa: 13 miles
This park is great for day hikes and mountain bike riding. Set among rolling hills, get ready to view all sorts of wildlife including deer, coyote and if you are lucky a golden eagle. With a variety of trails for the novice hiker to the experienced, enjoy sunshiny afternoons as you explore this inland region of Monterey County. Learn more.
HUCKLEBERRY HILL NATURE PRESERVE ACCESS AT VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK, MONTEREY, CA
Distance from Portola Hotel & Spa: 1.2 miles
Begin your hike up the stairs at Veteran's Memorial Park and hike your way up for impressive views of Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and the Monterey Bay. Pine tree lined trails allow you to access Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserve, featuring numerous other smaller trails and wildlife. View trail map.
POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE, CARMEL CA ALONG HIGHWAY 1
Distance from Portola Hotel & Spa: 7.1 miles
Explore majestic pine forests or breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean at Point Lobos State Reserve located along Highway 1 towards Big Sur. Visit the Ranger Station for trail maps and or a schedule for guided walks and take in the sights of this California Jewel. Learn more.
GARLAND RANCH REGIONAL PARK, CARMEL VALLEY, CA
Distance from Portola Hotel & Spa: 13 miles
Located off scenic Carmel Valley Road, Garland Ranch Regional Park is dog friendly (on leash) and boasts numerous trails for all levels. With foot trails and mountain bike trails, spend the day exploring maple-filled canyons, oak woodlands, meadows filled with wildflowers, and views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Pick your favorite trail and plan a day at Garland.
JACKS PEAK, MONTEREY, CA
Distance from Portola Hotel & Spa: 5.6 miles
This county park is known for its spectacular views of the Monterey Bay at its crest. Take the Skyline Nature Trail and make your way up to the summit for stunning views and a great sense of accomplishment. Jacks Peak is also a great location for wildlife photography and even picnics along designated areas. View a park brochure.
THE COASTAL RECREATION TRAIL, BEGIN IN MONTEREY, CA
Distance from Portola Hotel & Spa: 0.3 Miles
Literally, just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa, this walking, running and biking path runs from Pacific Grove all the way to Castroville, stretching 18 miles, with ocean views along most of the way. With some small inclines in certain areas, this trail/path is an excellent way to travel to Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium from the Portola. Surrey bike rentals, cruiser bikes and more, are available for rent outside the hotel out on Portola Plaza at Adventures by the Sea.