Toro Park, next to Highway 68 between Monterey and Salinas, is a well-used county park with a Youth Overnight Area and an Environmental Center used by local schools and over 20 miles of hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails. Bikes are not permitted on some of the hiking and equestrian trails, so if you go, read the signs and keep the peace.
Yesterday I parked at the Quail Meadow parking area and hiked up the Ollason Trail for a while before returning to my car via the Gilson Gap Trail. The only map available was an online version that is pretty basic, but I ballparked the distance at around 6 or 7 miles. It was a chilly, overcast day with a persistent wind, but I was comfortable in a fleece jacket and windbreaker.
|The trees in the lower part of the trail were laced with lots of beautiful hanging moss|