Jacks Peak Park

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Jacks Peak Park is a county park in Monterey County, California. Its central feature is Jacks Peak, the highest point on the Monterey Peninsula, rising 1,068 feet (325 m)[1] above Monterey and Carmel. The park encompasses 525[1] acres under control of the Monterey County Parks Department.

View of Monterey and Monterey Bay from Jacks Peak.

History[edit]

The park is part of the Pueblo Lands tract acquired in 1859 by Scottish immigrant David Jack.[1] The first 55 acres (220,000 m2) that were to become the park were purchased by Talcott and Margaret Pardee Bates in 1964.[1] They sold it to the Nature Conservancy, who eventually sold it to Monterey County.[1] In 1971, the county purchased the remaining acres for the park from Del Monte Properties.[1] The park opened in January, 1977.[1]

Facilities[edit]

Hiking in Jacks Peak Park

The park allows picnics and day hiking. Several miles of trails, including a self-guided nature trail, wrap around Jacks Peak and through the rest of the park.

Environment and Monterey Pines[edit]

The park includes one of only three remaining native stands of the Monterey Pine.[2] Flora in the park also includes madrone (arbutus menziesii), coastal scrub (including coyote brush (baccharis pilularis), California sagebrush, black sage, and ceanothus), poison oak, and the coast live oak.[3]

Government[edit]

At the county level, Jacks Peak Park is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Dave Potter .[4] In the California State Assembly, Jacks Peak Park is represented by Bill Monning as part of the 27th Assembly district.[5] In the State Senate, Jacks Peak Park is represented by Sam Blakeslee as part of the 15th State Senate district.[6] In the U.S. House of Representatives, Jacks Peak Park is part of California's 17th congressional district, represented by Sam Farr.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jacks Peak County Park history sign. Sep 2007. 
  2. ^ Welcome sign
  3. ^ Jacks Peak County Park brochure. Sep 2007. 
  4. ^ "Monterey County Supervisorial District 5 Map (North District 5)". County of Monterey. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bill Monning - Biography". Bill Monning, California State Assemblyman, 27th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "District Map". Sam Blakeslee, California State Senator, 15th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "The 17th District: About the 17th District of California". Sam Farr, United States Congressman, California's 17th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 36°33′39″N 121°52′00″W / 36.560946°N 121.866789°W / 36.560946; -121.866789