Explore the most popular hiking trails in Fort Ord National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail! It has a good bit of more technical terrain, perfect for training.

Nice loop starting from Creekside Terrace with beautiful views at the bench at the top. Can be done in either direction.

It was a great hike with a lot of incline! The scenery is amazing once you get on top of the hill. The only down side is there are no restrooms around!! Other than that it was a well worth it hike and would defiantly hike it again!!

Great trail to take the family we had a nice hike. I wouldn’t recommend using the restrooms.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Ascent is moderate, view at the top is spectacular and decent, down trails 34 and 31 is twisty with turns through the trees on single-track.

mountain biking
4 months ago

It's a blast!

Perfect distance to train for a 10K. Has challenging Hills and numerous sections on which to practice downhill running. Gets hot during the summer so bring plenty of water to hydrate. Plenty of parking and clean bathrooms.

Nice trail to ease your friends into hiking.

It’s a great hike!

Easy stroll with decent views. Lots of mtn bikers during weekends, so be ready to share the road at times.

The BLM does a great job maintaining these trails and fostering an environment in which they are shared fairly by all different sorts of users, from horseback riders to mountain bikers. Everyone I have encountered was friendly—and you will encounter others, regardless of the time of day or year. The views, especially from Trail 41 out toward Toro Park, and especially in the spring or late rainy season, are incredible. Reminds me that the beauty of this valley has inspired a lot of art and literature. Most of the loop has wide, graded, gravel trails; some parts are even paved roads. Trail 41 is single track-ish—a little torn up by mountain bikes, but nothing the average horse or walker would have trouble navigating. Watch for ticks, as chamise is their favorite, and the park is dominated by chaparral and manzanita groves, dotted with beautiful live oaks that have not been affected (yet) by the ‘sudden oak death’ fungus.

Simple trails that is rarely crowded. Being lost in wilderness without leaving the city. My little piece of heaven. Great for mountain biking, but please share the road with walkers and runners, don't zoom downhill at 20mph, you will end up hitting someone or crash into the bushes.

Moderately challenging. There IS poison sumac on this trail. I'm 99% certain I got it on my face from a spiderweb across the trail. I am going on week 3.5 and it's nearly gone. I hadn't been outside but to go on this trail, and I was walking this daily as my morning hike. It doesn't appear to be well maintained, like many trails in Monterey County. It's difficult to avoid brushing up against plants. I much prefer hikes in places where you can tell they support the outdoors folk, by maintaining the trails.

This trail was decent. Too crowded for my liking. Lots of other hikers, bikers and dogs. Lots of sharp inclines. Had to turn around after two miles because I had terrible blisters so I never got to complete it.

Beautiful trail with beautiful views. A little too high-traffic for me. Lots of people walking on Monday morning. We brought our dog which is allowed to walk off leash but there are lots of bikers so we really had to keep her on the leash the whole time.

Monday, November 14, 2016

I couldn't believe how beautiful the scenery is on this trail! It is now my favorite!

horseback riding
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thought the horses were going to be buggary with the wind but it was great. Just a little windy, enough to stay cool, clear skies, minimal trail traffic and those that we did meet up with were friendly. Will definately be going again... Miles and miles of trails left to explore...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Took my pittie "Candy-Cane" and did a great loop. Easy, peaceful, serene. I love this place.

The trails at the Fort Ord National Monument are multi use. Equestrian, non motorized bicycle, and foot travel. The trailheads are easy to find and the skill level is mostly easy to moderate hiking with an occasional sections being a little more challenging. Google the monument and find info on trail maps, history, flora/fauna, etc. I find the trails to be in fair condition considering the multi uses. There are sections a bit more worn so be prepared for berms, holes, ruts, etc. The trails all seem to tie together in some form so don't worry about getting lost. Carry water and a hat on warmer days, a light jacket and maybe layering on cooler days. Be careful wearing personal listening devices as bicyclists are about, mostly on downhill sections. Please be courteous to all users.

mountain biking
Saturday, January 21, 2012

There are MILES of trails on FT Ord. Mostly well travelled, mostly for Mountain Biking. Beautiful terrain, great scenery. Not a lot of services. If you need it, pack it...if you use it, take it out with you. The Monterey Off-road Cycling Association (MORCAmtb.org) has some good maps and information about the trails. They are also pretty active in builing and maintaining the trails.

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