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.


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]


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]


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]


  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