Looking for a great trail in Toro County Park, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Toro County Park ranging from 5.5 to 10.6 miles and from 160 to 2,142 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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. Hours: January: 8:00-5:00 February: 8:00-5:30 March (Pre Day Light Savings): 8:00-6:00 March (Post Day Light Savings): 8:00-7:00 April: 8:00-7:00 May: 8:00-7:30 June, July, August: 8:00-8:00 September: 8:00-7:00 October: 8:00-6:30 November (Day Light Savings Time): 8:00-5:30 November (Post Day Light Savings Time): 8:00-5:00 December: 8:00-5:00

mountain biking
17 hours ago

Well I have to say, the first half of my ride was tough. I don’t suggest the trail to a beginner, VERY steep climbs. I thought to myself “there is gonna be a reason this climb sucks”. Well I can assure you once I got to the peak, the downhill section was definitely awesome. Well worth the climb. If you’re not an experienced rider I wouldn’t recommend hitting this trail, but it sure is a lot of fun bombing down from the peak

mountain biking
2 days ago

This is not a hiking trail

mountain biking
3 days ago

Great trial but some low hanging trees kinda ruin it in places. Also a fallen tree between the jump section and the exit gate ruin the best part of the trial. Hopefully they fix this soon

hiking
19 days ago

that lower lower gibson gap trail is exit only mountain bikes only, if you follow this route you will go on a trail that's not meant for hikers

trail running
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

So many wildflowers. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

I like trails with a good incline at first. This trail really took me into the nature state of mind once I got to the top. Beautiful views. Even saw a tiny slice of the Monterey bay from here! Perhaps even better ocean views if there wasn’t a little fog!

hiking
bugs
muddy
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

East Ridge to Toyon Ridge

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views and an aggressive incline! Park opens at 0800.

hiking
9 months 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

Pretty steep downhill - not great if you have bad knees. Some of the path was a little overgrown. Great views though and the wild sage smelled amazing!

hiking
Monday, April 16, 2018

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

trail running
Friday, March 30, 2018

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
Saturday, March 17, 2018

killer views.

hiking
Saturday, January 20, 2018

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.

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