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South Marsh Loop Trail

Corralitos, California

3.72 mi / 243 ft gain

Elkhorn Slough Exploration

Moss Landing, California

4.28 mi / 33 ft gain

Whale Watching off Moss Landing

Moss Landing, California

Kayak in Elkhorn Slough

Moss Landing, California

4.7

Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing

Moss Landing, California

4.06 mi / 79 ft gain

Kayak with Humpback Whales in Monterey Bay

Moss Landing, California

5.0

San Juan Bautista De Anza Trail

San Juan Bautista, California

5.32 mi / 974 ft gain

Fremont Peak Loop

San Juan Bautista, California

1.16 mi / 226 ft gain

Surf, Run, or Catch a Sunset at Marina State Beach

Marina, California

Places to stay

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Creekside Paradise

Watsonville, California

Creekside Paradise

From $185 / night

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

La Selva Beach, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

From $176 / night

Artemis

Santa Cruz, California

Artemis

From $100 / night

Guides and stories

5 Pieces of Gear You Need for a Weekend Adventure in Monterey, California

5 Pieces of Gear You Need for a Weekend Adventure in Monterey, California

Mitch Pittman

72 Hours of Food, Fun, and Outdoor Adventure in Monterey County

72 Hours of Food, Fun, and Outdoor Adventure in Monterey County

Mitch Pittman

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

Sara Sheehy

Your Coastal Refuge in the Monterey Bay: Asilomar Hotel

Your Coastal Refuge in the Monterey Bay: Asilomar Hotel

The Outbound Collective

5 Must-Do Adventures near Asilomar, California

5 Must-Do Adventures near Asilomar, California

Karissa Frye

10 Great Places To See Wildlife Near Santa Cruz

10 Great Places To See Wildlife Near Santa Cruz

Crystal Birns

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