What we're about

The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group is for people who enjoy hiking, being outdoors and socializing. We explore many areas throughout the Monterey Peninsula, BigSur/ Ventana Wilderness, and Santa Cruz Mountains. On occasion, we will offer events out of the area. Hikes are generally for most levels; from 4 mile hikes with minimal elevation gain to 20 mile expeditions with significant elevation gain. Hikes may be scheduled on any day of the week and usually last between 3-5 hours. For those interested in multi-day activities, there will be some car camping or backpacking trips.

Please be advised that we are not a walking group and therefore do not expect to see many short hikes (less than 3 miles) over level terrain . Please match the hike to your skill level.

Please join us for our next hike!

Disclaimer: The Organizers are not professional guides and do not have certified training nor insurance. As you are aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with hiking and all other physical activity. You are responsible for your own safety and health. The individual hike Organizer is not in charge of this hike, but simply going on a hike and inviting others to join.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Monterey Bay CNPS Wildflower Show, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

You do not need to sign-up, just go and enjoy the beauty! This is the Monterey Bay Chapter of California Native Plant Society's 58th Annual Wildflower Show. Co-chairs Brian LeNeve and Michael Mitchell invite you to the Annual Wildflower Show at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This winter's rainfall has, so far, made up for its unusually late start and we are hoping that we may have a fine wildflower season and be able to put on a spectacular show with over 700 specimens on display. During the show, members of CNPS will be available to identify plants or (hopefully) photos of plants for the public and Bruce Cowen will lead tours of the museum's native plant garden. The CNPS bookstore will be there all three days offering books on California native plants including our newest, gorgeous, “must have!” Monterey County Wildflowers—a Field Guide by Rod Yeager, MD and Michael Mitchell. This is a wonderful photo book of 950 of the most common plants in the County. Also available will be our more technical publication, The Plants of Monterey County, an Illustrated Field Guide, Second Edition by Matthews and Mitchell. Numerous other titles will be available to help you identify native plants, show you how to use them in your garden, find them on your travels, and learn about their historical and current importance. While details are not currently available, we expect that the Museum will have a stimulating selection of classes scheduled during the show. Please check their website for updates at www.pgmuseum.org.

Birding and Nature Walk, CNPS

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

This hike is along a riparian area, and an isolated beach. Begin at the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, a little-used spot near Marina. We’ll walk along the Salinas River, past a saltwater lagoon, then on the beach north past a shipwreck to the river mouth, which usually has lots of birds. Be prepared for cool temperatures, with layered clothing. Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, water, snacks and an old towel or pad to sit on. Binoculars are highly recommended, for the possible snowy plover sightings. After our hike, optional late lunch at Phil’s Seafood for those who may be hungry. Led by Cliff Halverson. About 6 miles, no hills but walking on sand can be tiring! Assembly point: from Highway 1 in Marina, take exit 412 “Del Monte Blvd”. Careful, there are several Del Monte exits! This one is north of Reservation Road but south of highway 156. Turn towards the beach on Del Monte and proceed slowly on the rough dirt road, between the farm fields to the parking lot. This is a CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY field trip. Please don’t sign-up unless you love botany and nature. This hike is more of a nature hike, not so much a cardio workout. Many of our field trips have a waitlist, therefore, you may be blocked from future CNPS hikes if you are a no-show. Be sure to check your email just before the outing as occasionally an outing must be cancelled at the last minute. Also, if you are on the wait list, sometimes participants cancel the day before, moving you from the WAITLIST to GOING.

Fort Ord- Semi Exploratory

Watkins Gate Road

This hike will include some trail and some old roads at Ft.Ord. My rough guesstimate is that it is approximately 9 miles and 1200'. Bring enough water and snacks for four hours. 🐕 are NOT allowed this time. A rest stop of about 15 minutes will occur after two hours. Please note that this is Easter before you sign up. We will see some abandoned buildings but it is important to stay on the trail and to not approach or enter those buildings.

Third Sundays Soberanes State Park Weed Bash, CNPS

Rio Road Park and Ride

This is a CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY event. The ocean side of Soberanes weed bashes are every 3rd Sunday. Here, Soberanes Creek falls into the ocean and needs our help continuing to remove various invasive weeds— primarily Cape ivy. All supplies provided. Bring a friend, water, and a snack. Bruce Delgado is the leader.

Past events (1,849)

Short Hike Fort Ord (Creekside Entrance)

Creekside Terrace

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