Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Salinas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was a great hike with a lot of incline! The scenery is amazing once you get on top of the hill. The only down side is there are no restrooms around!! Other than that it was a well worth it hike and would defiantly hike it again!!

mountain biking
2 months ago

It's a blast!

Perfect distance to train for a 10K. Has challenging Hills and numerous sections on which to practice downhill running. Gets hot during the summer so bring plenty of water to hydrate. Plenty of parking and clean bathrooms.

Pretty boring hike for most part.

trail running
4 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.

5 months ago

killer views.

It’s a great hike!

6 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.

Easy stroll with decent views. Lots of mtn bikers during weekends, so be ready to share the road at times.

The BLM does a great job maintaining these trails and fostering an environment in which they are shared fairly by all different sorts of users, from horseback riders to mountain bikers. Everyone I have encountered was friendly—and you will encounter others, regardless of the time of day or year. The views, especially from Trail 41 out toward Toro Park, and especially in the spring or late rainy season, are incredible. Reminds me that the beauty of this valley has inspired a lot of art and literature. Most of the loop has wide, graded, gravel trails; some parts are even paved roads. Trail 41 is single track-ish—a little torn up by mountain bikes, but nothing the average horse or walker would have trouble navigating. Watch for ticks, as chamise is their favorite, and the park is dominated by chaparral and manzanita groves, dotted with beautiful live oaks that have not been affected (yet) by the ‘sudden oak death’ fungus.

Simple trails that is rarely crowded. Being lost in wilderness without leaving the city. My little piece of heaven. Great for mountain biking, but please share the road with walkers and runners, don't zoom downhill at 20mph, you will end up hitting someone or crash into the bushes.

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, February 01, 2017

I give this trail 5 stars because it's easy to find with good parking, restrooms and information stations. I saw people running and bicycling or walking the hills with plenty of room for people of any fitness level. The trails are actually gravel roads with foot paths connecting them, but it is all well marked and maintained. Some paths are flat and easy but there are also steeper hills if you chose a greater challenge. There are many miles to explore here with trails splitting in different directions but nothing so daunting or confusing that anyone could get seriously lost. It's a great place for regular exercise that anyone visiting the area can easily find and enjoy with enough space to keep you exploring for several days.

This trail was decent. Too crowded for my liking. Lots of other hikers, bikers and dogs. Lots of sharp inclines. Had to turn around after two miles because I had terrible blisters so I never got to complete it.

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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

I couldn't believe how beautiful the scenery is on this trail! It is now my favorite!

horseback riding
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thought the horses were going to be buggary with the wind but it was great. Just a little windy, enough to stay cool, clear skies, minimal trail traffic and those that we did meet up with were friendly. Will definately be going again... Miles and miles of trails left to explore...

on Fort Ord-Laguna Seca Trail

Sunday, March 20, 2016

beautiful trail

Friday, February 12, 2016

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

Friday, February 12, 2016

nice trail in between cow pastures.

on Ollason Trail

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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

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mountain biking
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