Friday, March 6, 2009

Four Places to Hike in San Benito County

(The photograph is courtesy of my hubby Dick. © Richard A. McDavid. All rights reserved.)

The mountains around Hollister are looking mighty green these days, and it won’t be long before all the poppies and other wildflowers are blooming wildly. Are you ready for a hike?

San Benito County has four parks that are worth checking out.
  • Pacheco State Park is on the way to the San Luis Reservoir, heading east on highway 152. The above photograph was taken there a couple years ago.
  • Fremont Peak State Park is south of San Juan Bautista, which is about 7 miles from Hollister. Once upon a time it was known as Gavilan Peak. It was named after Capt. John Fremont who supposedly defied the Mexican government in 1846 by camping there and raising the U.S. flag at the tippy-top.
Anyone know of other hiking places in San Benito County?


  1. Hollister Hills State Park (about 6mi up cienega rd in hollister) has about 8 miles of hiking trails in their nature area. its $5 to park for the day and beautiful!

  2. Megan, thanks for the heads up. I didn't know about the nature area.

  3. New hiking trails just opened at Hollister Hills Mudstone area.
    The new trails are for
    Mountain bikes, horses and hiking. No motos due to noise (nearby homes).


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