Explore the most popular views trails in Toro County Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

Trails are not well marked and criss cross all over the park.
Scenery: 2.5
Views: 3.5
Difficulty: 4
Crowds: 2
Shade: 2

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
6 months ago

this was a tough incline....but worth it!

trail running
6 months ago

First timer here so took some side trips. Great trail. A lot of vertical on the east side trail, and your rewarded with great views early on. Made it a loop clockwise and much more gradual decent on the west side.

hiking
7 months ago

killer views.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a "Hard" trail, not moderate.

Love the view of the valley from the peak. Great calf workout from the climbs. Shoes with good traction a must. Walking sticks will also help. Watch out for mtn bikes when they are zooming downhill, coyote and cow poop.

Bring 4 bottles of water during summer, 2 bottles during winter. Picnic table at peak for a great lunch with a view.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A couple of really good grades. I’d say a cockwise loop seems best and look on satellite view for trails adjacent to Cougar Ridge on the way down, especially near the paved portion of Cougar.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Steep hills and gorgeous scenery. Overall a great workout!

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Steeply ascending ridge trail with almost constant full-sun exposure, so plan accordingly on hot days. Nice vistas of Salinas Valley from upper elevations. Overall, a very good workout.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Great loop trail - gradual incline up Olson's or steep approach from the east /toyon trail
Good views from the peak

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nice hike, but it is not a hard trail as rated here. It's moderate at best and quite easy for a regular hiker.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

I was a bit unsure at first. I saw that the entrance to Toro park requires $8 per vehicle but you can park outside the gate for free and take a little extra walk. The park gets full but the trails were practically empty. This specific trail was a constant up then a long down. The views were beautiful and the trail was peaceful and a good workout. If I were to repeat a trail I'd definitely do this one again.

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Difficult trail even for in shape 50+ year old marathoners!

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

This is the toughest hike in the park in regards to altitude gain. Excellent views from the peaks, particularly Mt Simas. Quite steep, slippery, and exposed for the last stretch up Simas. Expect close encounters with cattle on Ollason peak. Excellent wildflower blooms throughout in spring.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

One of our favorite trails. Outbound is mostly continuously uphill at moderate grade and reverse on return. At the apex of the climb one is rewarded with panoramic views northward looking out at Monterey Bay. Encounters with deer are common, and maybe a bobcat sighting, if you're lucky. Part of the trail traverses pasture land, and the cows may be grazing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Beautiful panoramic views of the Salinas Valley. Good hike year round.

hiking
Friday, February 12, 2016

lots of ups and down in this trail, but its beautiful.

hiking
Friday, February 12, 2016

nice trail in between cow pastures.

on Ollason Trail

hiking
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Amazing views! Just bring lots of water and go early before the sun gets too hot.

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