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Lovely walk for kids and family

Jack's Peak should be a spot on your radar if you are hiking with a furry friend or two, just heard a tsunami warning, ❤️ Monterey Pines, or had a late lazy feed and want a place to hike that offers some mid day shade while you burn off that breakfast burrito, beignet or benedict on some rolling forest hills. Some excellent bay views spanning Pt Lobos to Moss Landing and across the big blue to Santa Cruz. If you rolled back time 12 million years, Jack's Peak would have been an island in the Pacific Ocean. Most of your hike will be absorbing the vibes of the endemic Monterey Pine Forest, peppered with just enough poison oak to keep you from daydreaming. Be prepared with $5 cash for self registered parking. Otherwise, just outside the county park gates, there are 10 or so roadside parallel parking spots if you don't mind hiking, biking or skating in. Doggie poo bags available at the entrance kiosk if you forgot your own.

Easy nice hike after work. Trail is well taken care of, pretty shady walk (as in trees). Pond was nice and lots of birdies chirping

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2 months ago

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5 months ago

Beautiful views.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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Monday, April 25, 2016

This is a really beautiful trail to take kids of any age on. If you don't have anything better to do on weekend morning then check this trail out.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Rigorous course but there is also pretty moderate beginner trails you could take. Overall a great ride! Lots of quick turns narrow trails and awesome jumps!

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It was a lot cooler than I expected!! Lots of tress and plenty of nature..the added concert stairs were an amazing feature

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Monday, February 08, 2016

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Monday, December 28, 2015

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

This is a neat little quiet quick loop. The pond wasn't really there as we haven't had any rain, but it was pretty and easy. I'll go back now that it's rained to check it out.