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“First you read the instructions for what to do if a wild cat approaches you.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jacks Peak County Park

Jacks Peak County Park
25020 Jacks Peak Park Road, Monterey, CA 93940
831.755.4899
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Ranked #22 of 98 things to do in Monterey
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“First you read the instructions for what to do if a wild cat approaches you.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Then you hike around, hoping to see one, but you won't. I found it amusing that the instructions advise you not to run, but to stand your ground, raise your arms with your jacket spread out and look as big as you can (who knows if they would have the guts to do that?) but they allow you to "throw a small stone" at the animal if necessary. Heaven forbid you should heave a rock at it. Anyway Jack's peak is close to town and has great views and I highly recommend it for a small respite in the woods. It's a nice place for a picnic. We were there when it was super dry, unfortunately the prevailing conditions these days. Recently they got some rain.

Visited December 2013
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Forestville, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Great views, great hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I'd like to comment on how uncrowded it was, but then I would be giving away that we hiked on Christmas Day, when the park was officially closed. Still, the trails are well maintained and extensive; the views of Monterey Bay are superb, and there were enough elevation changes to get our aerobic workout. A great place to go for a hike, or even a picnic!

Visited December 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Hiking the trails in December”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I unfortunately can't give this park a great rating. We took the trails suggested on the web, but didn't see much scenery. There is a long distance view of Monterey/Monterey Bay from the Lower Ridge Trail, but only a couple areas where you can see it. We took the Lower Ridge Trail/Skyline Trail/Jack's Peak Trail/Rhus Trail/Madrone Trail/Earl Moser Trail loop, and then hiked the road back down, It looks like Skyline Trail should have an ocean view at the bottom, but you have to hike down and then back up, so we didn't take it with the kids as we had already hiked quite a bit. It was very dry as we are in a drought right now, so the habitat wasn't very green. There is a lot of dead tress. Maybe this comes to life after February after the rainy season? Even if it was green, it wouldn't be my idea of a scenic hike. There are picnic tables in the parking areas which is nice, but they are not in level areas. We had to prop one side up on some logs in order for the table to be level (they can't be moved). There are bathrooms which were decently clean, so that is a plus. You do have to pay the standard $10 parking fee if you drive up to park at the top. If you want to forgo the fee, park down before the gate, but it is a hike up. In my opinion, there are much better and scenic hikes that I would take such as Point Lobos (excellent), Garapata State Park, or Henry Cowell State Park. If you did want to see a view here, I believe if you hike the entire Skyline Trail it should have a nice ocean view.

Visited December 2013
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Alameda, California
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Peaceful Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We were here mid-week. Barely a person in sight. A crisp, clear day with beautiful views of the Bay. What could be bad?

Visited January 2014
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Citrus Heights, California
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“WHAT VIEWS!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We hiked here on a Saturday afternoon. The wind was strong and quite cold, but as we hiked off of the exposed ridge it was much more comfortable. We saw a beautiful view of Monterey Bay and then another great view of the Carmel Valley. Our hike took us about 2.6 miles, just a very pleasant afternoon.

Visited December 2013
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