Jacks Peak Park is unique.

As a unique part of the many open spaces to enjoy on the Monterey Peninsula, Jacks peak park features the largest, native, contiguous pine forest in the world. The Monterey Pine Forest is a treasure to appreciate, and the opportunity has just arrived.

Today we can tour the beauty of Jacks Peak Park and its priceless views of the Peninsula on self-guided tours, or through the new tour/hike offered by the Friends of Jacks Peak Park. We invite you to learn about the history of the Jacks family, the earliest settlers in Monterey and the unique flora, fauna, and geology of a little spot in heaven.

There are many residents of the Park including grey squirrels, white-tailed rabbits, and brown nuthatchers with transient visits of golden eagles, brown bears, and even a mountain lion.

8.7 miles of trails wind around southern views of Carmel Valley, Point Lobos, and the western views of Carmel to Sand City and beyond. Jacks Peak is the tallest lookout on the Peninsula. Early in the morning joggers make their way up little-known trails and onto the main trails where you can encounter horseback riders, birdwatchers, picknickers, and training athletes.

Join us for an unforgettable experience and witness for an hour or so the perfect blend of nature and knowledge. The park is open from 7-sunset every day. The gate fee is $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.

Email the friendsofjackspeakpark@gmail.com for more information or to set up a personal tour. It’s free!

About Friends of Jacks Peak Park

The Friends of Jacks Peak Park is a committed group dedicated to preserving the Park’s unique Monterey Pine Forest, all of its wildlife and habitat, and its serenity and beauty for enjoyment. We oppose uses that would disrupt the Park’s serenity and threaten its many unique resources. We encourage use of this open space for its passive uses, especially hiking.