Do you want to witness spectacular views of the Monterey Peninsula, as well as venture through a forest filled with beautiful Monterey Pines? If so, it is time for you to hike at Jacks Peak County Park. The land was first acquired by Scottish immigrant and businessman, David Jack, in 1859. More than 100 years later, in 1964, 55 acres of the land was purchased by Talcott and Margaret Pardee Bates. The land was later sold to the Natural Conservancy and then to Monterey County. The county bought the remainder of the park in 1971. Now Jacks Peak County Park spans a total of 525 acres.
The breathtaking views are thanks to the park’s location. The highest point at the park, Jacks Peak, happens to be the highest point of the entire Monterey Peninsula (1,068 feet). There are 11 trails that are a total length of 8.5 miles. All of these trails are either easy or moderate in difficulty, so hiking at Jacks Peak County Park is a “walk in the park.” The longest trail is the Iris Trail (1.2 miles), while the shortest trails are the Jacks Peak and Ceanothus Trails (0.3 miles).
The remaining eight trails for you to explore include:
- Lower Ridge Trail (1.0 miles)
- Pine Trail (1.1 miles)
- Rhus Trail (1.0 miles)
- Madrone Trail (1.1 miles)
- Sage Trail (0.5 miles)
- Earl Moser Trail (1.0 miles)
- Skyline Nature Trail (0.8 miles)
- Coffeeberry Trail (0.4 miles)
Reach the highest point of the Monterey Peninsula to witness spectacular views at Jacks Peak County Park down by the bay.