Best Trails Near Monterey CA

Monterey has 75 trails in the vicinity, including 60 hiking trails and 6 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.8 to 60.2 miles in length. The longest trail in Monterey is Vets Memorial Park to Kirk Creek Campground a well-known trail measuring 60.2 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Sykes Hot Spring, Old Coast Road and Old Coast Road. Trails.com member Erin B. recently completed Frog Pond Wetland Preserve.

More information on the best trails in Monterey can be found below.
  • Sykes Hot Spring

    5 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    General description: A cluster of natural hot spring pools at a popular backpacking campground in the forested coast range of California. Only accessible by foot on a 10-mile trail, this spring ...
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    General description: A cluster of natural hot spring pools at a popular backpacking campground in the forested coast range ...

  • Old Coast Road

    3 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    A convenient, relaxing drive through moss-covered sycamore and redwood forest. Enjoy pastoral scenes and intermittent views of the Pacific Ocean from high hills above Highway 1. Close to Andrew ...
    •  Easy
    •  Allow 1 to 1.5 hours
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A convenient, relaxing drive through moss-covered sycamore and redwood forest. Enjoy pastoral scenes and intermittent views ...

  • Fort Ord / Oil Well Road

    2 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Fort Ord is the latest jewel in the mountain biking crown of the South Bay/Central Coast region. This ride will introduce you to the singletrack wonders awaiting at Fort Ord. The loop takes ...
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Fort Ord is the latest jewel in the mountain biking crown of the South Bay/Central Coast region. This ride will introduce ...

  • Fort Ord / Toro Creek Loop

    2 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Fort Ord is the latest jewel in the mountain biking crown of the South Bay/Central Coast region. Once home to 25,000 army and civilian personnel, Fort Ord was founded as a cavalry post in 1917 ...
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Fort Ord is the latest jewel in the mountain biking crown of the South Bay/Central Coast region. Once home to 25,000 army ...

  • Vicente Flat

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Extreme topography defines the coastal flanks of Cone Peak, where soaring ridges and chasmic valleys crease the mountainside. The area is also known for its exceptional biodiversity, from wildflowerpainted ...
    •  6–10 hours
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Extreme topography defines the coastal flanks of Cone Peak, where soaring ridges and chasmic valleys crease the mountainside. ...

  • Monterey Bay - Cannery Row

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    A beginning kayaker’s delight offering seaside views of Cannery Row while paddling among sea otters, seals, whales, and sea lions. Marine Mammal Protection Act applies. As you paddle along the ...
    •  1 to 3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A beginning kayaker’s delight offering seaside views of Cannery Row while paddling among sea otters, seals, whales, and sea ...

  • Frog Pond Wetland Preserve

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve is a 1 7-acre wildlife habitat in Del Rey Oaks. The preserve has a freshwater pond, grassland mead- ows, marshland, and coastal live oak woodlands. The tranquil ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve is a 1 7-acre wildlife habitat in Del Rey Oaks. The preserve has a freshwater pond, grassland ...

  • Fort Ord: Mudhen Lake - Rim Trail Ramble

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Mudhen Flats–Rim Trail Ramble is perfect for fairly strong riders with basic technical skills. This 11.5-mile meandering route is mostly mildly technical, using abandoned paved roads, dirt roads ...
    •  11.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Mudhen Flats–Rim Trail Ramble is perfect for fairly strong riders with basic technical skills. This 11.5-mile meandering ...

  • Fort Ord: Guidotti - Goat Trail Loop

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    This 13-mile, clockwise loop gives you a good taste of the varied terrain that makes up the public lands that’s open to bikers, hikers, and equestrians. You’ll ride along high ridges, through ...
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    This 13-mile, clockwise loop gives you a good taste of the varied terrain that makes up the public lands that’s open to bikers, ...

  • George Washington Park

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    George Washington Park, encompassing 22 wooded acres, is the largest park in Pacific Grove. From October to February, the park plays host to thousands of migrating monarch butterflies. The developed ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    George Washington Park, encompassing 22 wooded acres, is the largest park in Pacific Grove. From October to February, the ...

  • Rip Van Winkle Open Space

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The Rip Van Winkle Open Space is in Pacific Grove on the bor- der of Pebble Beach. The forested 20-acre parkland, owned by the Pebble Beach Company, sits on stabilized dunes on a coastal terrace. ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Rip Van Winkle Open Space is in Pacific Grove on the bor- der of Pebble Beach. The forested 20-acre parkland, owned by ...

  • Asilomar State Beach and Coast Trail

    1 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Asilomar (meaning “refuge by the sea”) State Beach encompasses 107 acres at the windswept, southwest corner of Pacific Grove. The state park has an exposed rocky headland with spectacular views ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Asilomar (meaning “refuge by the sea”) State Beach encompasses 107 acres at the windswept, southwest corner of Pacific Grove. ...

  • Upper Salmon Creek Falls

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    On the southern edge of the Big Sur region, a little-traveled pocket of coastal mountain grandeur awaits within Silver Peak Wilderness. Far-reaching vistas look out across the ocean, perennial ...
    •  3–5 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    On the southern edge of the Big Sur region, a little-traveled pocket of coastal mountain grandeur awaits within Silver Peak ...

  • Moss Landing State Beach

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Moss Landing State Beach (also known as Jetty Beach) is at the north end of Moss Landing, a small fishing community near the middle of Monterey Bay. The beach is bordered on the east by Bennett ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Moss Landing State Beach (also known as Jetty Beach) is at the north end of Moss Landing, a small fishing community near ...

  • Zmudowski State Beach

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Zmudowski State Beach (pronounced mud-OW-ski ) is a wide, isolated beach backed by sand dunes and expansive agricultural fields. It is a popular area for fishermen, equestrians, and bird watchers.The ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Zmudowski State Beach (pronounced mud-OW-ski ) is a wide, isolated beach backed by sand dunes and expansive agricultural ...

  • Scenic Bluff Path Carmel Beach

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The Scenic Bluff Path is a well-maintained gravel pathway in Carmel. The path parallels Scenic Road on the bluffs above Carmel Beach, with eight stairways accessing the white sand beach. The ...
    •  45 minutes
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Scenic Bluff Path is a well-maintained gravel pathway in Carmel. The path parallels Scenic Road on the bluffs above Carmel ...

  • Bird Rock to Indian Village Pebble Beach

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The hike to Indian Village begins at Bird Rock, a large offshore rock that is home to numerous shoreline birds, sea lions and harbor seals. The self-guided nature trail follows the coastline ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike to Indian Village begins at Bird Rock, a large offshore rock that is home to numerous shoreline birds, sea lions ...

  • The Links Nature Walk in Spanish Bay

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The Links Nature Walk begins at The Inn at Spanish Bay. The boardwalk trail crosses the windswept dunes between the Del Monte Forest and the broad, sandy North Moss Beach. The path follows the ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Links Nature Walk begins at The Inn at Spanish Bay. The boardwalk trail crosses the windswept dunes between the Del Monte ...

  • Monterey Bay Coastal Trail Monterey Bay Aquarium to Lucas Point

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail follows the beautiful rocky coastline along the blufftop in Pacific Grove. The trail threads through several parks en route to the northern tip of Pacific Grove, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail follows the beautiful rocky coastline along the blufftop in Pacific Grove. The trail threads ...

  • Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The 518-acre Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for nesting and migrating birds. The hike through the preserve crosses grassland meadows to the bird-filled South Marsh, a brackish ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The 518-acre Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for nesting and migrating birds. The hike through the ...

  • Fremont Peak

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Atop fremont peak on March 6, 1846, John C. Frémont defiantly raised the first American flag in California. Three days later, as he sat surrounded by Spanish forces threatening to attack, his ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Atop fremont peak on March 6, 1846, John C. Frémont defiantly raised the first American flag in California. Three days later, ...

  • High Peaks Trail

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    The story of the pinnacles began some 28 million years ago when the Pacific tectonic plate first made contact with North America near present-day Los Angeles, and pushed an active underwater ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  5.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The story of the pinnacles began some 28 million years ago when the Pacific tectonic plate first made contact with North ...

  • Pine Valley

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Ponderosa pines stand sentinel above wildflower-strewn meadows in the heart of Ventana Wilderness. Cliffs and stones surround this broad valley, echoing stories of the Esselen people who once ...
    •  6–8 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Ponderosa pines stand sentinel above wildflower-strewn meadows in the heart of Ventana Wilderness. Cliffs and stones surround ...

  • Cone Peak

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Three miles from the ocean, Cone Peak rises a mile to the sky. In summer 1999, most of Ventana Wilderness burned. Cone Peak, the dominant mountain of the southern wilderness, burned with it. ...
    •  2–3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Three miles from the ocean, Cone Peak rises a mile to the sky. In summer 1999, most of Ventana Wilderness burned. Cone Peak, ...

  • Elkhorn Slough

    0 Reviews

    Monterey, CA

    Paddling calm water in the Elkhorn Slough is an unforgettable experience for viewing marine wildlife. Marine Mammal Protection Act applies. Expect to spend lots of time enjoying the marine and ...
    •  3 to 7 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Paddling calm water in the Elkhorn Slough is an unforgettable experience for viewing marine wildlife. Marine Mammal Protection ...