Jacks Peak County Park676 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 25020 Jacks Peak Park Road, Monterey, CA 93940, United States
- Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8885882267
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Beach, Trail, Park, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
The local dog-walker’s favourite break-away is more than simple trails. There are fossils embedded in the shale here right from the Miocene epoch of prehistoric Earth, beautiful vistas of Monterey Bay, and pine trees that couldn’t smell more fresh. Heck, it even outfits picnic tables with grills. Altogether there are about 8.5 miles of trails, and you should walk the Coffeeberry Trail for the fossils. Jack’s Peak here is the highest point on the Monterey Peninsula.
Jacks Peak County Park Travel Tips
- Tips & Warnings: Alcohol at the picnic area is allowed with a permit.
- Bring your own picnic.
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47.21% of people who visit Monterey include Jacks Peak County Park in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
60% of people start their Jacks Peak County Park visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Jacks Peak County Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Jacks Peak County Park
Jacks Peak County Park Reviews & Ratings
An excellent place for short hikes that dont take up you're entire day or leave you completely exhausted. Also good for trail running!
It's a well maintained county park with reasonalble entrance fee of $2. It could use some thinning and general debris clean up, because it is a potential fire hazard. The poison oak is probably an advantage to the county if they don't want stealth camping to occur. Of the trails I walked, the Earl Moser trail was one of the better ones,
Super fun trail running. A lot of quick ups and downs. There aren't a ton of miles to be had here but with a couple loops you can have a great run. Definitely worth the two hour drive in Saturday morning traffic.
8-1/2 miles of hiking trails cover terrain from pine forest to chaparral and offer views of Monterey, Seaside, and the bay as well as Carmel Valley. Jack's Peak itself is a short walk uphill from one of two parking areas, but most of the hikes start high and descend as much as 600 feet in elevation, so be prepared to hike uphill on your way back to your car. The picnic areas are beautiful, and the bathrooms have plumbing and sinks - not pit toilets. I often see large tiger swallowtail butterflies here in early summer; the males patrol canyons and hilltops for females. Jack's Peak is a beautiful place for a picnic, hike, or short stroll.
Great hiking, high up over the Monterey peninsula. The sights and smells are wonderful. Easy access, self-pay at the entrance gate ($2 per person for day use).