Roaming Toro County Park: Simas, Eagle and Ollason Peaks (Monterey / Salinas)

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A wee bit outside my normal dayhike radius, near Salinas, CA, lies “Toro County Park” http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/parks/toro.html (…not to be confused with the prominent “El Toro”, visible from Highway 101 in Morgan Hill http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/index.aspx?NID=1054 )

Back a few weeks ago, after chatting with a small group of local friends about weekend plans, Rebecca and I headed out to Toro County Park to summit the high points. Her blog post is here: http://calipidder.com/wp/2014/03/tour-toro-county-park-peaks-eagle-simas-ollason/#more-7506

It started out a bit gloomy and cool, but having looked at the forecast, we were expecting better things later.

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“Sticky Monkey Trail”?!? Must be a good story behind that! (Addendum: http://www.Outdorky.com @TheGreatOutdork just reminded me that Sticky Monkey is a flower!)

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Eagle Peak was the first summit, and still not much of a view!

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After Eagle Peak, we dipped down into a small valley and saw a “mini Yosemite” and “Cows in the Mist”!

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Finally the skies were clearing-up as we got closer to our destination at Simas Peak. We stopped at the fork in the road…

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If you’re familiar with hiking in the coastal ranges of northern California, the rolling ridgetops and vegetation should look familiar.

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Finally! Near the top of Simas Peak! Note the flat farmland in the middle of the picture, under the clouds. These peaks rise quite abruptly from the plains below.

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…and then a leisurely walk back, including more cows. This youngster was neither afraid, nor accompanied by Mom.

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This was an interesting tree we spotted on the way back: Split almost symmetrically down the middle!

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BTW: There isn’t any decent topo map of this park. Load-up your GPS and study your route before you go. http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/parks/images/toro/Toro-hiking-map.jpg It seems few people venture beyond the drive-up picnic tables…

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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!
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One Response to Roaming Toro County Park: Simas, Eagle and Ollason Peaks (Monterey / Salinas)

  1. door Ernesto says:

    Wonderful story 🙂

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