1. Jack's Peak: This was actually really close to our house and an easy quick hike. You can practically drive all the way to the view point. Unfortunately it was a cloudy summer day when we were up there so we couldn't see the amazing view, but I took a picture of the map so you could see what was out there.
|playing at the picnic tables|
|you can supposedly see all of the bay|
|what we actually saw|
2. Point Lobos: this has to be one of our favorite spots in all of Monterey. It was minutes from our house and I think we took every person who visited us here. You could pay, drive in, park, and walk to an amazing view in minutes. Or, you can park just outside the entrance and walk in (about a mile or less). None of the hikes we went on within the park were very hard, and almost all were right along the water. Sunset was the best time to go....
|auntie kathy got to check it out when she was visiting|
|an evening stroll with the family|
3. Andrew Molera State Park: This spot is on the way to Big Sur. It is so inconspicuous you could drive right past it without realizing. There are many hikes to do out here, but we only did the short and sweet one that takes you to the ocean. It is flat and about 3 miles round trip. Easy peasy, especially if you have little ones who want to do a little walking themselves. And boy is it beautiful! Think about bringing a lunch and blanket and enjoying the view while you eat.
|an awesome accessible beach!|
|it was a little overcast when we took aunt karen, but still fun|
4. Toro Park: this was one of the hardest hikes we went on. And it was deceiving. It was flat for a long time and then all of a sudden it went up up up!! But the view of the valley is totally worth it! Plus, you feel like you got a good workout in. Your buns and calves will be sore the next day.
|top of the world|
|running around at the top!|
|had to stop for a little swim for Mr H!|
|look how tiny our peanut was!!|
|the first time we hiked it, look how exhausted matt looks!|
|cool and relaxed in the redwood trees|
|our second time up, someone wanted to hike by themselves for a bit|
|at the top!|
|we dragged Sara and Peter out with us|
|we killed it!|
|enjoying the river after our big hike|
|coming out of the cave. Daddy had to get himself and Charlotte through it|
|we took my Mom out to Pinnacles when she came to visit|
|at the lookout point|