This 7,200-acre portion of the former Army base at Fort Ord is now public land managed by BLM. The elaborate system of trails left behind by the military is well-suited to hiking, biking and equestrian use. An additional 8,000 acres is expected to be transferred by the year 2002. Fort Ord contains one of the largest maritime chaparral areas in all of California, as well as oak woodlands, rolling grassy hills, wetlands and ponds. Forty-six different rare plants and animals thrive in the rugged hills, including the coast wallflower, marine chaparral, tiger salamander, fairy shrimp, and mountain lion.
From Monterey, travel 5 miles north on State Highway 1 to the Fort Ord/California State University Monltlerely Bay main entrance. Make a right onto North-South Road, travel 1 mile, and then make a right onto Parker Flats Cut-Off. Travel 4 miles and then make a left onto Park Flats Road. Travel 5 miles to Eucalyptus Road and the BLM office.www.hobogrill.org