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Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
The 5th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed…more
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Jacks Peak County Park, Monterey

Jacks Peak County Park, Monterey

Jacks Peak County Park

Jacks Peak County Park is a perfect spot for a day hike. Located in Monterey, Jacks Peak County Park has fossils from the Miocene epoch, stunning vistas of Monterey Bay and Carmel Valley, and one of the only remaining natural stands of Monterey Pine trees in the United States. It is also a great spot for a picnic, with picnic tables located close to restrooms, some with grills. Jacks Peak County Park is celebrated by birders for the many species it houses and is part of the Central Coast Birding Trail.

Hiking and Horseback Riding

The views of Monterey Bay, Carmel Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains from the trails of Jacks Peak County Park are astounding. The hike to these breathtaking views, however, won't take your breath away; a parking lot near the top of the hill brings you close to the peak. Hiking at Jacks Peak County Park is much less strenuous than that at nearby Toro Park, and there are 11 trails to choose from. The 8.5 miles of trails at Jacks Peak County Park are mostly short hikes. See fossils embedded in the shale as you walk the Coffeeberry Trail at Jacks Peak County Park, and view other fossils in a display case on the Skyline Nature Trail. Refer to the online trail map at the Monterey County Parks website for more information, and refer to the first hike on our Top Ten Day Hikes in Monterey County page for details on the Skyline Nature Trail and Rhus Trail hikes.

Site Rental

Jacks Peak County Park has one picnic area suitable for groups of up to 50 people. It is available for events, including weddings, and alcohol is allowed with a permit. Call 831-755-4899 for more information.

Map and Directions

From Salinas and Route 101, take Route 68 West to Olmstead Road. Take a left on Olmstead, and follow it to Jacks Peak Road. Take a left on Jacks Peak Road.

From the coast and Route 1, take Route 68 East to Olmstead Road. Take a right on Olmstead, and follow it to Jacks Peak Road. Take a left on Jacks Peak Road.


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