The Best Hikes near Monterey

Meg Faller at The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito County, CaliforniaPinnacles National MonumentSan Benito County, CaliforniaReturned to Pinnacles National Monument to re-explore the park. Upon crossing the Bear Gulch Caves, we stumbled upon this beautiful sight. Gotta...McWay Falls, Monterey County, CaliforniaMcWay FallsMonterey County, CaliforniaMy take on the beautiful #McWay Falls! Beautiful 80 foot #California #waterfall in Big Sur that drops directly into the #ocean! The #beach is...Berry Creek Falls, Santa Cruz County, CaliforniaBerry Creek FallsSanta Cruz County, CaliforniaAnother shot of Berry Creek Falls in Big Basin that I visited about a year ago. The trail offers you a little ledge from which to observe the...Berry Creek Falls, Santa Cruz County, CaliforniaBerry Creek FallsSanta Cruz County, CaliforniaI&#x27;ve seen a lot of waterfalls here on Trover, so I know it&#x27;s not the biggest, but it&#x27;s the first waterfall I&#x27;ve been to, and it was amazing...Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito County, CaliforniaPinnacles National MonumentSan Benito County, CaliforniaHiking in the talus #caves here at Pinnacles. Flashlights are required as it can get very dark. I heavily recommend it as it&#x27;s a sight to be seen,...McWay Waterfall Trailhead, Monterey County, CaliforniaMcWay Waterfall TrailheadMonterey County, CaliforniaA short hike in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Parking in the lot is $10 or you can park along the road for free. The park is private so there&#x27;s...Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, CaliforniaBig Basin Redwoods State ParkSanta Cruz County, CaliforniaI hiked here with a group of friends. We took the Sunset Trail loop, about 11 miles. We saw some waterfalls, cool looking mushrooms, a lot of...Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, CaliforniaBig Basin Redwoods State ParkSanta Cruz County, CaliforniaBerry Creek Falls is one of three waterfalls hikers can visit on the Berry Creek Falls Loop. We started at Rancho del Oso, but a shorter, 11 mile...Montebello Open Space Preserve, Los Gatos, CaliforniaMontebello Open Space PreserveLos Gatos, CaliforniaCombination of forest and chaparral, a beautiful place to hike. Down into a ravine, through woods (look for banana slugs) and back up the hill...Panther Beach, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, CaliforniaPanther Beach, Santa CruzSanta Cruz County, CaliforniaPanther Beach is a secluded #beach just north of Santa Cruz to explore. With it&#x27;s mini caves, #arch, and monolith of a rock to climb, it&#x27;s a bit of...Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, San Mateo County, CaliforniaPigeon Point Light Station State Historic ParkSan Mateo County, CaliforniaSilhouette of Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Got here as the sun was setting, so can&#x27;t say I got to see much of what the area has to offer indoors, but...Carmel-by-the-Sea, CaliforniaCarmel-by-the-SeaCaliforniaFlock Of Seagulls :)Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Monterey County, CaliforniaPoint Lobos State Natural ReserveMonterey County, CaliforniaHike the North trail.Castle Rock, Santa Cruz County, CaliforniaCastle RockSanta Cruz County, CaliforniaCastle Rock, where nature meets...rocks that can truly terrify? Intimidate? The rocks have taken terrific formations, little &quot;caves&quot; formed in the...Joseph D. Grant County Park, Santa Clara County, CaliforniaJoseph D. Grant County ParkSanta Clara County, CaliforniaHiking in the hills of Grant Ranch hidden between the hills of East San Jose and Mt. Hamilton where Lick Observatory sits. The park offers miles of...McWay Cove, Monterey County, CaliforniaMcWay CoveMonterey County, CaliforniaSuch spectacular views. Part of me wishes there was access to hike down, but then I also appreciate how untouched this stretch of coast is <img class='emoji' src='/images/emoji/1f64c.png' >...Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey County, CaliforniaFort Ord National MonumentMonterey County, CaliforniaGreat mountain biking and hiking.Alviso Marina County Park, San Jose, CaliforniaAlviso Marina County ParkSan Jose, CaliforniaA fond farewell to the setting sun.McWay Waterfall Trailhead, Monterey County, CaliforniaMcWay Waterfall TrailheadMonterey County, CaliforniaA short hike to a beautiful beach along the coast of California. Parking is $10 in the lot or free on the streets. #hikingPinnacles National Park, San Benito County, CaliforniaPinnacles National ParkSan Benito County, CaliforniaWhen planning a hike at Pinnacles National Park, consider including the High Peaks Trail. It is the best place to spot California Condors. Even if...
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