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Toro County Park is located six miles from downtown Salinas, and 13 miles from the Monterey Peninsula. First opened to the public in 1971, the park’s 4,756 acres have been a haven for thousands of visitors. The park is also home for many types of wildlife including deer, coyote, and a rare mountain lion or golden eagle. Toro’s pastoral setting makes it the ideal place for your next family outing. Toro County Park has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast. The park facilities include an equestrian staging area and riding trails, two softball fields, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, mountain biking, volleyball courts, and over 20 miles of hiking trials.
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.