Monterey County lies along an incredibly beautiful and scenic coastal stretch of the Pacific Ocean in Central California. The rugged, weathered shoreline is fronted by the Santa Lucia Mountains, separating the coast from the rich agricultural land. Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterey, and other picturesque communities dot a landscape abundant with green valleys, woodlands, beaches, parks, natural preserves, and secluded bays along the oceanfront. This completely updated edition of Day Hikes Around Monterey and Carmel includes 128 hikes from the north end of Monterey Bay to the Big Sur coastline. Many hikes are found along the amazing coastline; other hikes explore the interior mountains and hillsides. The routes have been chosen to offer a great selection of shoreline excursions, beaches, residential paths, wilderness hikes, cool canyons, and panoramic overlooks while including a range of hiking levels. Coastal walks include blufftop terraces, tidepools, coves, massive sand dunes, whale-watching locations, tidal marshes along the Pacific Flyway, and breath-taking hillside routes along dramatic headlands carved by the pounding surf. Scenic neighborhood walks link piers, boardwalks, and natural areas. Some trails include atmospheric forests of old-growth redwoods, rare stands of Monterey cypress, or California condor nesting sites amongst craggy rock pinnacles. Other highlights include lighthouses, historic sites, long-spanning bridges, ridgetop overlooks, sweeping coastal views, and paths alongside the Monterey Bay Aquarium and marine refuge. Hikes take from one hour to all day. A range of hikes is included to accommodate every level of experience. All trails can be accessed from Highway 1, including many beach access points.Companion guides include Day Hikes Around Big Sur and Day Hikes On the California Central Coast.
About the Author
Since 1991, Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. He is a Los Angeles Times Best Selling Author and an award-winning journalist of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, the Outdoor Writers Association of California, the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association, the Bay Area Travel Writers, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Robert resides summers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and winters on the California Central Coast.
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Day Hikes Around Monterey and Carmel, 2nd
By Robert Stone
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From hike 1 00. Mill Creek Redwood PreserveA free access permit is required to hike the trailwww.mprpd.org • (831) 659-4488 then select option 5
Hiking distance: 5.5 miles round tripHiking time: 3 hoursConfiguration: out-and-back Elevation gain: 230 feetDifficulty: easy to moderateExposure: shaded forestDogs: allowedMaps: U.S.G.S. Big Sur • Mill Creek Redwood Preserve Trail map
The Mill Creek Redwood Preserve encompasses 1,534 acres in a richly atmospheric forest along the upper reaches of Palo Colorado Road, just shy of Bottchers Gap. The preserve sits in the shade of dense second-growth redwoods, sycamores, tanbark oaks, and maples on the northern slope of Bixby Mountain. Mill Creek flows through the forest and down the canyon, where it joins with Bixby Creek.The area has a rich and storied logging history that dates from the 1800s through the 1980s. Homesteader Charles Bixby ran a timber logging business and sawmill along Mill Creek in the late 1800s. The area was later used for mining limestone. Remnants of the old logging operation and logging road are still evident. Holes in the trunks of redwoods, where planks were inserted for loggers to stand on while cutting the trees, can be spotted. The regional park was purchased in 1989 through the combined efforts of the Big Sur Land Trust and the Regional Park District. A near-level trail through the length of the preserve was completed in 2007. The trail took 8 years to build and was constructed by hand. The beautifully terraced path winds through the canyon, following the curvature of the steep mountain slope. The trail ends on a panoramic coastal overlook atop a 1,986-foot -exposed knoll, where there are views into the surrounding canyons and the ocean. En route, the serpentine footpath crosses several bridges and passes a waterfall, rock formations, and tree trunks blanketed in lichen. The path then ends with a wide open vista of the rugged Big Sur coastline and deep mountain canyons of the Santa Lucia Range.Access is by a free permit, due to limited parking.
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Table of Contents
Each hike includes statistics, a summary, driving directions, hiking directions, and a map. (1) About the hikes, overall map with hike locations (2) Santa Cruz County: Santa Cruz, Capitola, Aptos, Watsonville (3) North Monterey County: Moss Landing, Prunedale, Castroville (4) Seaside, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks (5) Monterey Penininsula: Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel (6) Jacks Peak County Park (7) Fort Ord Public Lands (8) Toro County Park (9) Carmel Valley: Garland Ranch Regional Park, Los Padres Dam (10) Point Lobos State Park (11) Garrapata State park (12) Old Coast Road (13) Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park (14) Andrew Molera State Park (15) Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (16) Julia Pfeiffer Burnes State Park (17) Pinnacles National Monument (18) Index