This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. Pine and oak woodlands in the park are home to many birds and mammals. There are camping and picnic facilities in the park. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings. Open year round Day use hours 8:00am to one-half hour after Sunset.

Crap. Skip this place. Poorly maintained trails, hikes that are so short you can't really call them hikes. Poison oak everywhere.

Very nice views once you are at the top. I hiked Valley view trail and it's a very narrow trail with tall grass and weeds. Some parts the trail is hard to spot so map on your pho e is handy. You don't have to hike this trail to get to the vista points.

hiking
1 month ago

Not difficult at all. It was fairly easy to me. Only gets a bit difficult once you have to climb the rocks to get to the peak stand. Be extremely careful. Overall its a nice trail for a beautiful scenery.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Great View from peak can see coast real good from high altitude and see the moss landing electrical plant towers as well view is a thrill..

very dependent place. We were there today 1/1/2017 (yes, new year's date). It was 38 degree, super super windy with mist. For some, it wouldn't be fun but we liked it. We felt like walking in clouds and with strong misty wind, our minds were blown. It should be a great trail on sunny day as well. Go!

A georgeous little loop that's absolutely worth the drive (which is beautiful in itself).

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

This trail is awful. The flies in this park are relentless (no amount of bug repellent helped quell the hordes of them incessantly following us EVERYWHERE) and the park staff does a terrible job of trail upkeep. Virtually no path to follow, overgrowth, and not many trail heads to be found.

hiking
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Came here all the time growing up, it's especially beautiful when the clouds are low and you walk up into them

Thursday, March 03, 2016

It's. Amazing. Peaceful. I'm Happy.

geocaching
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Beautiful place! Nice views! When it's clear- you can see as far as Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz. Sunsets & Sunrises are the best from this amazing place. Definite must to explore!

hiking
Monday, September 27, 2010

The view of the coast and the valley from the peak is breathtaking, especially at sunset!! Just be sure to know what poison oak looks like because the sides of trails are teaming with it.