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.
Inland from the town of Monterey, Pinnacles National Park offers an array of outdoor adventure activities including rock climbing and wilderness camping. The hiking trails range in length and difficulty, and each one takes you through the park’s most unique attractions including a variety of caves and rock formations.
Pinnacles National Park. 831-389-4485
This 18-mile trail runs along Monterey Bay and is arguably the county’s best coastal hike. If you’re looking for a workout and a glimpse at the area’s most iconic and well-known attractions, this is the Monterey hike for you. The stretch goes past popular spots like Old Fisherman’s Wharf, with Cannery Row nearby, as well as Pacific Grove, Lovers Point, and Castroville.
This beautiful state park features a hiking trail that will give you a glimpse into the local nature scene without busting your rump. From the park’s parking lot, you can take the cool Waterfall Trail down McWay Creek under the Pacific Coast Highway and onto a sunny trail that features ocean overlooks and cool breezes.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. (831) 667-2315
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.
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.
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.
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.