Hiking near Monterey, California

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Wonders of Wildlife at Point Lobos State Reserve
Wonders of Wildlife at Point Lobos State Reserve
California, United States (6.2 miles away)
 
Easy: Half day
Sea lions, shore birds and more share this gorgeous chunk of Pacific Coast south of Carmel, California

You can cram all the charms of California's amazing coastline into one stop at Point Lobos State Reserve, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. It's all there at Point Lobos: crashing waves, barking sea lions, chattering shorebirds, sun-bathing sea otters, remarkable rock formations. Granted, you get a few nibbles of this anywhere along California...
Cypress Grove Trail
Cypress Grove Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California, United States (6.4 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
A nice loop through the cypress trees to many great views of coves below.

This 1-mile loop is a favorite among park visitors because it offers great views and a close look at the area's famous Cypress trees, which naturally grow in only one other place in the world: Carmel Bay. The hike is relatively flat with views of headland cove, pinnacle cove, and cypress cove with 2 very short trails to get closer to the views. ...
A Birders Guide to Point Lobos
A Birders Guide to Point Lobos
California, United States (6.6 miles away)
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, Half day
The diverse habitats at Point Lobos provide a wonderful birding opportunity.

You can't actually go to Point Lobos without seeing a bird. There are birds all over. They are on the rocky cliffs, in the water, in the scrub meadows, in the pine and cypress forests and in the air above it all. With a bit of easy hiking, you can see birds in a number of different habitats. This guide is an introduction to some of the good birding...
Fort Ord Public Lands
Seaside, California, United States (6.7 miles away)
Moderate: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours

Found on the Fort Ord Army Base, these public lands are a must if you are in the Monterey area. Little known to the local public due to its location on the now closed Fort Ord, these trails are true treat. Walk, bike or ride a horse through the grove after grove of oaks. Shown here is but one of the many trail routes that you can take and with the...
Garland Ranch to Sniveley's Ridge
Carmel Valley Village, California, United States (9.4 miles away)
5.9 mile trail near Carmel Valley Village, California

Garland Ranch to Sniveley's Ridge is about 5.9 miles long and located near Carmel Valley Village, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day
Soberanes Canyon and Rocky Ridge
Garrapata State Park, California, United States (10.2 miles away)
 
4.7 mile trail in Garrapata State Park, California

The most spectacular part of the hike is through the Soberanes Canyon where the trail is flanked on both sides by impressive redwoods. Once you leave the redwoods and get above treeline, it isn't the immediate scenery that captivates, but rather the panoramic views. These views are typically obscured facing west due to the blanket of fog and mist that...
Redwood Canyon Trail - Garland Ranch
Redwood Canyon Trail - Garland Ranch
Carmel Valley, California, United States (11.3 miles away)
Moderate: 4.0 miles, Full day
4.0 mile trail near Carmel Valley, California

This is a fun moderate hike to Redwood Canyon. Starts through a beautiful oak grove. A lot of wildflowers in bloom in the spring, and a small patch of Redwood trees and ferns with that incredible smell you only get in redwood groves.
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Point Lobos Grand Loop
by chris on Nov 12, 2010
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California, United States
Hiking | 5.6 miles (6.6 miles away)
As part of our effort to create guides for all California State Parks, Joost and I set out for Point Lobos.  It was a beautiful November day so we parked the car and set out with our cameras over our shoulders and our iPhone apps set to tracking mode.  The sea lions were out in full force around Sea Lion Cove.  We parted ways around the north end of Cypress Cove and...
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Point Lobos State Reserve
by sea2sky on Oct 31, 2009
Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Hiking | 7.6 miles (6.2 miles away)
Point Lobos State Reserve Hwy 1 & Riley Ranch RdCarmel, CA 93923http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=571
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Point Lobos State Reserve - Perimeter trail
by zeebodaman on Apr 27, 2008
Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Hiking | 4.9 miles (6.1 miles away)
Gorgeous sunny day at Point Lobos. We took a nice easy fun hike today (still trying to break in my new hiking shoes). We saw 2 bunnies, a deer that let us walk very close, a millipede, seals, sea lions, and many birds. There was also a multitude of wild flowers in bloom, especially the wild iris' and sticky monkeys.
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Palo Corona Regional Park
by whiteagles on Feb 14, 2010
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles (4.8 miles away)
One of my favorite hikes in the Carmel area.  Permits are required (see tips), with the result that there are not a lot of other hikers, which is great.  The trail starts off relatively flat through fields and then climbs moderately to the top of the hill at Inspiration Point.  The views of Carmel, Point Lobos, Pebble Beach and the Carmel Valley are phenomenal and well worth the uphill hike.  Continue from the top...
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Point Lobos - Interior Trails
by tclifton on Jun 22, 2010
Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Hiking | 4.7 miles (6.6 miles away)
For this hike, I wanted to focus on the interior trails at Point Lobos and pick up a few places that I haven't covered so far. I define the interior trails as those that cut across the Reserve in contrast to the main trails that go around its perimiter. There are four main interior trails at Point Lobos, the Mound Meadows trail, the Pine Ridge trail, the Lace Lichen trail and the...
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Garrapata State Park - Rocky Ridge to Soberanes Canyon Loop
by zeebodaman on Apr 06, 2008
Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Hiking | 4.7 miles (10.2 miles away)
Beautiful sunny day in Big Sur. Mid 60's. Took the Rocky Ridge Trail to Soberanes Canyon. Started off on a moderate up and up climb to the peak with ocean views, many lizards, and tons of wildflowers (J's count was 42 different kinds). The downhill to Soberanes Canyon was crazy steep and rocky (1000 foot in 1 mile). Soberanes Canyon is full of redwood stands that straddle Soberanes Creek all the way...
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Toro County Park: Ollason Peak Loop
by navratil on Mar 13, 2010
Serra Village, California, United States
Hiking | 7.4 miles (11.2 miles away)
Toro County Park (near Salinas) seems like an interesting place.  It feels to me much like a less-popular Alum Rock; there are playgrounds and "fitness trails" near the parking areas, which are all clustered near the park entrance, but beyond that there are about twenty miles of apparently rarely-used hiking trails that head uphill quickly.Heading into last Saturday, I knew I was going to have a chance to hike but had no...
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Garrapata State Park - Soberanes Canyon, Rocky Ridge
by bhuether on Oct 26, 2008
Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Hiking | 4.7 miles (10.2 miles away)
Finally got around to hiking somewhere other than Garland Ranch.  As superb as the Garland Ranch hikes are, there are simply too many great hiking areas in California to be limited to one area.  Today it was my wife and I along with Patrick, Chris, and Jessica.The most spectacular part of the hike was through the Soberanes Canyon where the trail is flanked on both sides by impressive redwoods.  Once you leave...
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Huckleberry Hill
by zeebodaman on May 03, 2009
Monterey, California, United States
Hiking | 6.1 miles (0.4 miles away)
A hike you can hike to from downtown Monterey.  Veterans Park is only about a mile walk from downtown.  Nice cool day.  The fog rolled in on the P.G. side of the hill.  The wild Iris' are in full bloom as are teh sticky monkey flowers.  A deer and I scared the crap out of eachother as I was rounding the water tank.
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Mission Trail
by karenvogue on May 27, 2009
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Hiking | 0.0 miles (3.8 miles away)
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Garland Ranch to Sniveley's Ridge
by Touchstone on Apr 10, 2010
Carmel Valley Village, California, United States
Hiking | 5.9 miles (9.4 miles away)
A short hike up Sniveley's Ridge in Garland Regional Park.
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Watchtower
by LisaEMG on Apr 20, 2012
Seaside, California, United States
Hiking | 2.6 miles (5.8 miles away)
Up to the top of the hill with the Watchtower on it.
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Point lobos state reserve
by drnantu on Jan 28, 2012
Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Hiking | 3.2 miles (6.3 miles away)