Explore the most popular views 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.

trail running
1 month ago

Good trail! It has a good bit of more technical terrain, perfect for training.

Nice loop starting from Creekside Terrace with beautiful views at the bench at the top. Can be done in either direction.

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!!

Great trail to take the family we had a nice hike. I wouldn’t recommend using the restrooms.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Ascent is moderate, view at the top is spectacular and decent, down trails 34 and 31 is twisty with turns through the trees on single-track.

mountain biking
3 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.

5 months ago

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

trail running
5 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.

6 months ago

killer views.

This park is really close to where I live in Aromas and I Iike to bring my dog here. A lot of the trails other than the main loop in the original recording are pretty overgrown in places, and some of the places on the AllTrails map that indicate trails are incorrect.

After reading about break-ins here from other reviewers I parked at the FoodMaxx and walked up the trail across the street near the dead end of Moro Road. It was a little overgrown and carved into deep narrow canyons in places, but overall it was passable. I took another similar trail back down the hill at the end of my walk (in the dark) and had to use the GPS to guide myself down.

This seems like a good place for families to walk, plus there are soccer and baseball fields. It is also particularly good for horseback riding, with wide, sandy trails, and has a place for you to trailer in and an area with a bunch of hitches and a water trough, plus pitchforks and an area for manure. I didn’t see any mountain bikers, but I saw lots of dog walkers, all on leash except mine, and there were teams of kids having sports practice on the fields as I passed by. Definitely not too crowded for the after work hour.

The environment is mixed: manzanita and similar chaparral plants like chamise, sage, and lots of wonderful wildflowers, oak woodland, and a riparian environment in the center. The wildflowers really are wonderful here, and so are the views of Fremont’s Peak and the Santa Lucia Range. Bring a container to fill with free water, and watch for ticks and bees, this whole place is pretty buggy due to the abundance of plant life. There is also lots of wildlife, especially birds of prey, quail, and other types of birds.

It’s a great hike!

Grew up my entire life playing soccer at this park and running the trail. I like the west entrance because there is less downhill. It's nice and quiet while on the trail and there are 2 good hill climbs.

8 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.

11 months ago

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!

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

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.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Access road is only accessible using a hardcore 4WD

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.

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