7 Unforgettable Backdrops on California’s 17 Mile Drive


5. Huckleberry Hill

Another way to stretch your legs along 17 Mile Drive and explore another beautiful backdrop is a stop at Huckleberry Hill to hike the nearly three kilometer trail near Monterey. Rated in difficulty as moderate, the trail is accessible throughout the year and used primarily for hiking (you’ll definitely see some dog-walkers here). The shore trail traverse the perimeter of the Monterey Pine Preserve–one of the biggest pine forests in the world– and makes for a short hike ideal for even smaller children who enjoy the outdoors. At Veteran’s Park, which is at the trail head, grab a map from the box before you begin and get ready to get your blood flowing along a few steeper sections. Extending 81-acres, Huckleberry Hill is a natural gem within walking and listening distance to bay side attractions and barking seals though the views from the ridge summit are mostly obstructed.

4. Point Pinos Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on California’s West Coast, Point Pinos Lighthouse, is in lovely Pacific Grove was built and began operating in 1855. First lit in the late 19th century, Point Pinos is not only the oldest lighthouse on the U.S. West Coast but the only continuously working of its kind. The light source is almost 90-feet above sea level and is a simple, one-kilowatt bulb which produces a beam visible for almost 16 nautical miles in favorable weather conditions. The lighthouse isn’t a typical sight either, it is built in appearance of a two-story house rather than a vaulting, tower-like building with a steep-pitched roof, white clapboard siding, and the light on top. Tours are available daily Monday through Sunday make your way to the top for incredible views during this iconic drive and take some time to explore the oceanfront property.

Point Pinos Lighthouse California
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