If you’re heading to stay at The Sanctuary Beach Resort this summer, you might want to spend some time hiking through the area’s most beautiful natural attractions. To spark your imagination, we put together a short list of the best hikes in Monterey, and near The Sanctuary Beach Resort.
Sharing a shoreline with the private stretch of beach where The Sanctuary Beach Resort rests, Marina State Beach is one of the area’s most popular outdoor attractions. A go-to spot for kite flying and hang gliding, the beach-park is also equipped with plenty of excellent hiking trails going up coastal bluffs, and down along the water.
Marina State Beach. (831) 649-2836
The recently opened state park is just a ten-minute drive from The Sanctuary Beach Resort, and it features a number of beachside cliffs and hiking trails. The main, 1,500-foot trail leads to gorgeous views of Monterey Bay, and is the perfect excuse to get outdoors during your stay. Along the way, educational panels are set up to teach you about the natural and cultural history of the park.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park. (831) 649-2836
Located in Monterey County’s beloved city of Carmel Valley, Garland Regional Park features some of the best hiking trails around. From the famous Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail that features gorgeous natural attractions to more challenging peaks and loops, this is an accountable hiking destination for both enthusiasts and newcomers.
Garland Ranch Regional Park 700 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA .
From waterside hikes with steep staircases and breathtaking views, to short scenic walks, Point Lobos is hands-down one of the best places to hike in Monterey County. The marine reserve features exceptional coastal rocks and cliffs, with countless hikes to views of the ocean, bay, and nearby attractions like Pebble Beach.
Point Lobos. (831) 624-4909
True outdoor enthusiasts visiting The Sanctuary Beach Resort and Monterey, California need to make the hour-long trek from here to Big Sur—one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations. A number of overlook trails, beach trails, and hot springs make this one of the best places to hike in the entire world. Filled with roads, it’s majestic atmosphere is accessible for avid hikers and novices alike.
A great spot for those looking for a light day jaunt, or for novice hikers—Jacks Peak County Park offers some of the best views among all Monterey hikes. For those taking it easy, there’s a parking lot right near the lookout peak, from which you can take the Skyline Nature Trail, which takes you to breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and Point Lobos in just about a half-mile.
Jacks Peak County Park. 25020 Jacks Peak Park Rd. Monterey, CA
Featuring over 20 miles of trails through a variety of environments, Andrew Molera State Park has something to offer every level of hiker. Different treks feature different coastal and bay views, and there are also options for river hikes, beach hikes, and more. Check out the Bluff Trail, and the Panorama Trail for some of the best views of the water you can find.
Andrew Molera State Park. 45500 CA-1. Big Sur, CA
One of the most challenging hikes in the area also delivers one of the best views you can find. Head to Toro Park and check out the route to Ollason Peak, a nine-mile hike with 1800 feet of elevation. The workout along the way will help you enjoy your vacation guilt-free, and the ultimate view of Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley will leave you grateful for the whole experience.
Toro Park. 501 Monterey-Salinas Highway 68. Salinas, CA