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The Best Hiking in Monterey County

Looking for the best hiking in Monterey County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Monterey County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Monterey County

  • Greenfield, California

    Adventure at Arroyo Seco

    4.6
    This off-the-beaten-trail adventure has a little bit of everything for everyone, and is as challenging as you make it. Many just make it about a mile down to the river for a leisurely day of relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a few cold beverages. Others embark on a 7+ mile adventure up...
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  • Greenfield, California

    Horse Bridge

    5.97 mi / 1427 ft gain
    Horse Bridge is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Greenfield, California.
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  • Greenfield, California

    Arroyo Seco Ridge Trail

    3.91 mi / 915 ft gain
    Arroyo Seco Ridge Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Greenfield, California.
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  • Greenfield, California

    Marble Peak Trail

    12.55 mi / 4534 ft gain
    Marble Peak Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Greenfield, California.
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  • Greenfield, California

    Jack's Cabin

    11.13 mi / 3130 ft gain
    Jack's Cabin is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Greenfield, California.
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  • Greenfield, California

    Junipero Serra Peak

    11.15 mi / 3691 ft gain
    Junipero Serra Peak is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Greenfield, California.
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  • Big Sur, California

    Hike the Ewoldsen Trail

    4.5
    4.2 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The Ewoldsen Trail is one of the more accessible yet challenging hikes in Big Sur. It is a beautiful ~4-mile loop through the redwood forest that starts in the Julia Pfeiffer state park parking lot, which is across the street from McCay falls. During the first part of the hike, you'll pass picnic...
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  • Big Sur, California

    Hike the Waters Ridge Trail

    5.0
    7 mi / 2100 ft gain
    Access the Waters Ridge Trail from the Ewoldsen Trail, located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Although steep, this path is fairly short, and rewards you with spectacular views at the top. About halfway around the Ewoldsen Trail Loop, you'll come across a turnoff on the right, with a sign dem...
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  • Paicines, California

    Pinnacles Overlook Trail

    1.02 mi / 171 ft gain
    Pinnacles Overlook Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Paicines, California.
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  • Paicines, California

    Visitor Contact Station to Vista Point

    0.24 mi / 49 ft gain
    Visitor Contact Station to Vista Point is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Paicines, California.
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  • Big Sur, California

    Tanbark Trail and Tin House

    6.44 mi / 2864 ft gain
    Tanbark Trail and Tin House is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Big Sur, California.
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  • Big Sur, California

    Hike to Big Sur's Tin House

    4.0
    When it comes to the beauty of Big Sur, a half day on Tanbark Trail to the Tin House captures it all. From the redwood forest along Partinton Creek, to the abandoned Tin House, to Highway 1 and coastal views, you can't ask for much more.The hike starts on the east side of Highway 1 - the northern...
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  • Big Sur, California

    Explore The Hidden Rock Caves At Partington Cove

    5.0
    Partington Cove which is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, is one of Big Sur's hidden gems. It's a very short hike with enough views to show why Big Sur earned the nickname " Little Yosemite." The whole hike can easily be completed in less than an hour, although there are definitely eno...
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  • Big Sur, California

    Partington Cove Trail

    5.0
    1.09 mi / 262 ft gain
    Partington Cove Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Big Sur, California.
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  • Big Sur, California

    Timber Top and Boranda Trail

    5.67 mi / 2690 ft gain
    Timber Top and Boranda Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Big Sur, California.
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  • Paicines, California

    Hike the Juniper Canyon, High Peaks, Tunnel Trail Loop in Pinnacles NP

    5.0
    4.3 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Pinnacles National Park is located just over two hours outside of San Francisco (depending on the traffic). It was designated the 59th national park in 2013 and while it is small it offers beautiful views and unique wildlife viewing. Keep an eye out for California condors on this hike! This trail...
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