One of the first counties created upon the establishment of California statehood in 1850, Monterey County offers an array of natural habitats to enjoy on foot. From a rugged coast adorned with pine trees to highlands hosting lush canyons and exceptional vistas, Monterey is a hiking destination like none other.
North Shore Trail
1.4 miles, Easy to Moderate
Ever dream of walking through a pine forest on the edge of some of the state’s most striking coastline? Start the trek at Whaler’s Cove, head up the stone staircase, and begin the first of multiple sweeping ocean vistas. Pass through sparkling Bluefish cove on your way through a grove of gnarled Monterey cypress trees before ending up at Sea Lion Point, where you may find a few sun-bathing sea lions at trail’s end. On the way back, pay a visit to Whaler’s Cabin, site of a whaling station dating back to 1862.