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Jacks Peak Park, rare native Monterey Pine forest: An oasis at risk

Scroll this post for photos and some history about Jacks Peak Park. Please respect that bicycling is not permitted on the trails, only on the paved roads. Also, dogs are only permitted on-leash and must be supervised at all times; clean up after your pet.

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This post was first published November 14, 2011 with numerous subsequent updates, most ending in 2014. You may also be interested in the comments below it. For any updates, contact the sources referred to.

General questions about this post? Contact me.

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Update — Thank you to Joyce Stevens and others who work to protect Jacks Peak:

Deadline: 9/30/14. As reported in the Californian on 9/19/14, Monterey County Parks Department has launched an online survey, through Sept 30.

Please note the following with regard to weaknesses in the survey. For more on that topic, you may review a letter sent to the County Supervisors, Interim Parks Director, and the survey project director; download here:  Letter re weaknesses in County Parks survey. Update: Click here for the Monterey County Weekly “Squid Fry,” 9/25/14, then scroll down to “Survey Fail.”

  1. A question repeatedly asked in the survey is regarding what you consider to be the greatest risk to a particular park. Unfortunately, although the choices you may select include even such things as climate change, there is no option to select if you are concerned about “Commercial interests adversely impacting the park” and “Inappropriate use disturbing the natural environment” (e.g., the zipline that had been proposed earlier for Jacks Peak), or “Private concession running the park.”  You may wish to express such concerns regardless, by providing comments.
  2. Although the survey is to solicit community input,  as of 9/22/14, there are comment fields limited to 50 characters. When you are filling out this online survey, you may wish to jot notes to yourself along the way, so you can offer longer comment later in the survey (where a longer comment field appears), or by contacting county supervisors directly.

Click here to take the survey, available in English and Spanish. To my knowledge, as of 9/22/14, no paper option is available for people unable to complete the survey online.

Before completing the survey, people who are specifically concerned about protecting Jacks Peak Park may wish to contact Friends of Jacks Peak Park with their questions.

Friends of Jacks Peak Park, founded November 2011.

  • Website:
  • Phone: 831-224-0478
  • Postal mail: 395 Del Monte Center Box 222, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Email: friendsofjackspeakpark [at] gmail [dot] com

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Thanks to all the vocal people who have already spoken up to protect Jacks Peak! For some history and photos, scroll down.

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For more news about our county parks, see Kera Abraham’s stories in the Monterey County Weekly (as well as others linked below): “Monterey County’s biggest local park agencies paint entirely different landscapes,” 6/12/14; “County Parks rangers get layoff notices while supervisors scramble for solutions,” 7/17/14; “More on the County Parks funding crunch: root causes and potential solutions,” 7/18/14.

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1/26/13 update:  David Bates knows “Pine forests are not just a bunch of trees but a functioning ecosystem with some unique characteristics.” The work of David and other members of Monterey Pine Forest Watch, including his co-authors of Coastal California’s Legacy: The Monterey Pine Forest, played a big role in raising awareness about why a zipline is not right for Jacks Peak Park. Click here for a 1/24/13 story by Robert Walch in the Salinas Californian’s Off 68 regarding David’s connection with Monterey Pines. Besides Wild Bird Haven, mentioned in Walch’s story, additional sources for purchasing the book are listed below.

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I believe that a zipline could be an asset somewhere in Monterey County–but not in Jacks Peak Park.  Whether you agree, disagree, or are undecided, please consider reading the information provided here, including this post, the links provided, and the comments below it.
Updates to this post

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Jacks Peak Park is a rare native Monterey Pine forest where Ziptrek Ecotours proposes installing a zipline. 
Why are the Monterey Pine Forest Watch, the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, and theMonterey Peninsula Audobon Society requesting a full Environmental Impact Report?

Being good stewards of nature is an ever more challenging job, and even moreso when opportunities come that promise help during times of budget cuts.

Monterey County officials are in negotiations with a proposed concessionaire, Canadian company Ziptrek Ecotours, to install a zipline at Jacks Peak Park. At present, Jacks Peak  makes up an approximately $4,000 annual revenue shortfall with income from more profitable Monterey County parks, such as Laguna Seca and Lake Nacimiento. 

Whatever your opinion is, you may wish to consider the below.

Park history

Sometimes the park is mistakenly referred to as “Jack’s Peak.”  The name is Jacks Peak (no apostrophe), after the David Jacks family.  Read a brief history of the park, as shown on a park sign.  Responsibility for this land went from David Jacks to the Talcott and Margaret Pardee Bates family to the Nature Conservancy and finally to its present caretaker, the County of Monterey.

Jacks Peak Park is an oasis from the Monterey Peninsula’s more heavily trafficked areas, for both residents and visitors.

Coastal California’s Legacy: The Monterey Pine Forest is a 2011 book by Monterey Pine Forest Watch authors Rita Dalessio, Joyce Stevens, Nicole Nedeff, and David Bates.   Included in the book is Jacks Peak Park, which has the largest native stand of Monterey Pine forest in the world. 

The book is available locally at Pilgrim’s Way (a Monterey Bay Certified Green Business), River House Books, and Carmel Bay Company, all in Carmel, and Wild Bird Haven in Monterey, for $22. Proceeds go to the Monterey Pine Forest Watch’s education efforts.  Local public libraries, such as Monterey Public, also carry the book.

“The book just says, ‘Do the right thing,’” 
Dalessio stated to the Monterey County Weekly. Preserving for future generations the special nature of Jacks Peak Park and its  “cathedral-like forests,” as the Monterey County Parks website recognizes them, is the right thing to do in the minds of many Monterey Pine enthusiasts, and to my mind and heart as well.  That’s why Monterey Pine Forest Watch, the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Monterey Peninsula Audobon Society want a full Environmental Impact Report.  [Update:  At the 11/17/11 Park Commissioners meeting, former Monterey County supervisor Karin Strasser Kauffman also called for a full EIR, as well as staking to make the project’s dimensions visible.]

You can help preserve Jacks Peak.

Please refer to the suggestions under “How you can help” at the end of this post.

Not sure?  Read on.

Use of the park

Besides being the world’s largest native stand of Monterey Pines, Jacks Peak is a Central Coast treasure in other ways.  The Monterey County Herald’s 11/6/11 story included an assessment by Monterey County Parks that “Jacks Peak Park is grossly underutilized” and  that “to deny use of the park to visitors [apparently referring to opposition to a zipline] is troubling.” 

At first, some people respond to Jacks Peak as author, poet, and playwright Patrice Vecchione once did, before she wrote Jacks Peak Journal:  “After circling the parking lot, I came to the wrong conclusion—that it was just a picnic area.”  Vecchione returned, and “It took several more visits to learn that this was no mere slip of a place but that a whole world lay at my feet.”

Since the late 1970s, my family and friends have delighted in Jacks Peak Park.  As residents of the county, we have introduced scores of visitors to the park and its many gifts. Repeat trips were looked forward to by visitor after visitor. My mother, who also loved the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (a remote location that is a two-hour drive from Monterey, including a 14-mile winding dirt road) was grateful that she could likewise experience such peace and quiet right here on the peninsula, at the easily accessed Jacks Peak Park.

Never did we think,  “If only there was something more at Jacks Peak.”  Nor did we feel that we were being denied a different kind of wilderness experience because we could not enjoy an adventure sport there, such as that experienced in downtown San Francisco, a location where the proposed concessionaire, Ziptrek Ecotours, has operated a zipline. 

While a zipline could be a fun option in Monterey County–if offered at an appropriate location–adventure tourism, even “eco-adventures,” need not be an option in every landscape.  Want more excitement?  There are increasing numbers of places to find that, although a diminishing number of places to find…

A special place apart

Our visitors and other friends consistently exclaim over the unique experience of this spectacular park, an oasis from the Monterey Peninsula’s more well known attractions and high traffic areas.  As the Monterey County Parks website rightfully boasts in its welcome statement, county parks offer a variety of experiences, from water sports at Lake San Antonio to  “quiet meditation at Jacks Peak Park.”  The park is appreciated by all ages, from tiny tots to elders (such as, our friends Barbara Rowe and Arthur Nelson, both pictured below).

Jacks Peak underused? Gently used is another way to think of it.  And how fortunate for locals and visitors that there still exists this very special place apart.

Christening Ceremony at Jacks Peak Park, 1988.

Rev. Carolyn Wenzel and Mari Lynch with infant daughter.

Inspires celebrating–and celebrations

Jacks Peak is both celebrated and a setting for celebrations! My son and I wrote a song about Jacks Peak in the 1980s, inspired by after-school bike rides up the paved road (no biking on the trails).  My daughter–whose infant christening ceremony took place at Jacks Peak–loved hiking these trails, then resting on a log while we softly played pentatonic flutes, birds singing back to us from the pines.

Did you know that Jacks Peak can be rented for ceremonies and celebrations, and that, for a fee, it may be used for photography and film work?  As mentioned above, the park at present has a $4,000 annual budget shortfall, made up by more profitable parks such as Laguna Seca and Lake Nacimiento,  as indicated by Stella Sandoval, finance director for Monterey County Parks and reported in a 9/15/11 Monterey County Weekly story.

If sharing the funds from the more profitable parks is no longer acceptable, perhaps Jacks Peak could take in even more than $4,000 annually through such rentals and photography/film-making fees.  Consider it for company parties, family reunions, weddings, and more, and spread the word about this beautiful park–an amazing backdrop for photographers and film-makers.

Also, raising more funds for Jacks Peak could make it possible to pay for extra expenses that arise some years (e.g., when park roads need to be repaved).  See info below on making a voluntary donation.

If you haven’t already, check out this magnificent peninsula treasure for yourself!  Then share it with loved ones, and tip off the many Monterey County visitors who cherish our beautiful natural attractions–and may have missed out on Jacks Peak until now.

Above:  The late Barbara Rowe, a visitor from Dalton City, Illinois, at Jacks Peak Park, December 1996.

Below:  The late poet and author Josh Jossi (at far left) and the late conservationist Arthur Nelson (grey-haired gentleman), with friends on Jacks Peak Road, at a popular Monterey Bay vista spot, November 1984.

Below, longtime Pacific Grove residents picnicking at Jacks Peak Park, July 1986.

Below, Matthew Sleeth, MD, author of Serve God, Save the Planet was visiting Monterey to speak at the First Presbyterian Church when he took time out to hike up Jacks Peak Road with Rev. Dr. Jay Bartow, April 2007.

What do Monterey County officials have to say?

For over 30 years, I have lived in District 5, the location of Jacks Peak Park.  On September 21, 2011, I wrote a letter to my own and other county supervisors.  One supervisor, Jane Parker, replied on October 3, with a letter saying she shared my concerns.  [As of May 9, 2012, no reply has been received from my own supervisor or others.]

The official statement provided by the Monterey County Parks Department, as of November 10, 2011, is that the proposed zipline is considered eco-friendly, as the Ziptrek Ecotours name implies.  Also stated is that Jacks Peak is “grossly underutilized,” a matter that I address above. 

The statement further mentions that “it is anticipated that Ziptrek will have a far smaller impact on the Park ecology than current uses by equestrians and patrons who hike and travel within the park with pets and bicycles.”  Be aware that (1) Leashed dogs are allowed within the park, a policy that perhaps County Parks would advise changing (to not allowing dogs).  (2) With regard to bicycles, they are not allowed on Jacks Peak Park trails, only on the paved roads. I am in agreement with that policy, even though I am a cyclist myself. Biking the roads, then hiking the trails is appropriate use for Jacks Peak Park.  (And throughout the park’s history, there has not been a problem with cyclists disrespecting the park’s restrictions.)

You may download the County Parks statement, provided 11/10/11, right here: Status of Zipline Proposal at Jack’s Peak Park-1 – with comments

Wondering about bicycling in Jacks Peak Park?

As the Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club, Velo Club Monterey, and other local cyclists (myself included) know, the roads of Jacks Peak are a fabulous place to ride!  Yes, you may bike the roads in Jacks Peak, although not the trails.
  • Enjoy a bike ride up Jacks Peak Road, which is a good workout rewarded by a beautiful vista of the bay en route.  You  may bike as far as either of the picnic ground parking areas.
  • After you’ve accomplished the climb, hop off your bike and relax!  Stretch out on a blanket and read in the quiet sanctuary of the Monterey Pine forests.  Or bring a picnic and enjoy your meal while observing birds and other wildlife.

Hike the trails

  • Lock up your bike and hike the trails to discover more of the peace and pleasure of Jacks Peak.  In addition to the joys of being up close and personal with the largest intact stand of native Monterey Pines in the world, you’ll see an abundance of other trees and plants (winter rains will deliver Indian paintbrush, sticky monkey, vetch, scarlet pimpernel, and other flowering plants–download a park brochure for more!). Be delighted by the sounds and sights of birds, animals, and insects. (Spotting a banana slug and singing their song was a typical favorite when my kids were young.)   Along the way, there are sweet resting spots with beautiful vistas (e.g., of Point Lobos and Carmel Bay, and Carmel Valley).
  • As Coastal California’s Legacy: The Monterey Pine Forest points out:  Jacks Peak trails take you to the highest elevation on the Monterey Peninsula (1,068 feet).  The park has approximately 950 acres with “the best view and hikes in the Monterey Pine Forest.”
  • Jacks Peak is among recommended hikes in the book Walk this way, please:  On foot on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, Carmel Valley, and Big Sur by Irene Gaasch.  As Gaasch points out in describing the breathtaking views of Jacks Peak, they are “all viewed from your perch in the pines.”  The perch she refers to in her 1984 book, of course, isn’t a zipline but the hiking trails of the park, which already provide access to amazing views.
  • [Updated] Blake Matheson, president of the Monterey Peninsula Audobon Society, led a bird-lovers hike to Jacks Peak 11/19/11.  For 2012 hikes, contact Blake by phone at  831-596-9990 or by email: or visit the field trips section of the MAS website.

Make a voluntary donation

Although hikers and cyclists are admitted free, consider making a voluntary donation at the entrance kiosk anyway, or consider purchasing an annual day-use pass for all Monterey County Parks.  Refer to this County Parks fee schedule for more info, including required fees for those who drive in. 

You  may also make a voluntary donation to the Parks Foundation of Monterey County and specify that it be used for Jacks Peak ParkChecks may be mailed to Parks Foundation of Monterey County, PO Box 4864, Salinas, CA 93912.    Download a Parks Foundation brochure or read the March 12, 2010 article by Dave Nordstrand in the Salinas Californian to learn more about the many effective ways that donations to the Parks Foundation can be used.  Questions? Call Parks Foundation president Ed Magner, 831-372-1944.  (Ed is well known for his decades of volunteer service in Monterey County.)

Updating your will? 

Consider what Patrice Vecchione decided after becoming acquainted witih this marvelous place:  “I know that if, when I die, I’ve got any money, I want it donated toward protecting this park and increasing its acreage.”

[11/17/11 update: Patrice won’t wait until she dies though, if contributions are necessary to preserve Jacks Peak Park!  At today’s Parks Commission meeting, she offered to write a check immediately for $1,000, and to solicit $3,000 more from the nearly 40 members of the public in attendance, if making up a $4,000 annual revenue shortfall would keep a zipline out of the park.]

Commercial zipline through the forest?

While many of us savor sauntering through the pines of Jacks Peak, others want that speedier trip:  a commercial zipline operated by Ziptrek Ecotours of Whistler, Canada, a company that operates a zipline in downtown San Francisco.

  • For background, click here for Kera Abraham’s 9/15/11 story in the Monterey County Weekly; and see 12/1/09 Monterey County document prepared by David Lutes, Park Planning Manager and approved by John Pinio, Director of Parks, seeking Board of Supervisors approval to enter negotiations with Ziptrek Ecotours.
  • Click here, then scroll down to “Zip it” for my letter in the 9/29/11 Weekly.
  • Click here for 11/6/11 story by Larry Parsons in the Monterey County Herald, and click here for the follow-up 11/10/11 story, after the County released its statement. [Update: Also see Herald’s 11/18/11 story by Parsons, “Zipline project faces heavy opposition.”]
  • Click here for the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club’s position. (As mentioned above, the Ventana-Sierra Club, the Monterey Pine Forest Watch, and the Monterey Peninsula Audobon Society all request a full Environmental Impact Report about the proposed zipline at Jacks Peak.)

You may also want to click here for a KSBW 10/17/11 story featuring Pacific Meadows Senior Community residents who also oppose a zipline at Jacks Peak.  Kera Abraham noted in the Monterey County Weekly’s 11/23 update that Pacific Meadows residents and other members of the public at the 11/17/11 Park Commissioners meeting were unanimous in their opposition to installing a zipline at Jacks Peak.

What are some additional concerns…

in the minds of those questioning the wisdom of a zipline at Jacks Peak? 

  • Whether it is wise to set a precedent for commercialization of Jacks Peak Park
  • Whether concession fees would be devoted to the park
  • What it means to establish an experience of the park that is available only to a small percentage of the population (the 2-3 hour tour would cost about $100)
  • In the construction phase of a zipline, the normal technique of using existing trees is not feasible with Monterey Pines; freestanding towers would need to be built
  • What will be left behind to deal with–and what will have been lost–after the charm wears off

Help preserve Jacks Peak for future generations

[UpdatePlease be in touch with Friends of Jacks Peak Park for what to do next.]

Friends of Jacks Peak Park was founded November 2011.

Friends of Jacks Peak Park contact info
  • Website:
  • Phone: 831-224-0478
  • Postal mail: 395 Del Monte Center Box 222, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Email: friendsofjackspeakpark [at] gmail [dot] com

The five steps below were first provided by Sustainable Seaside, shared on their Facebook page 10/27/11.

ZIPLINE REMINDER: The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed zipline at Jacks Peak Park is supposed to be released in the next month….If you are concerned about this type of project in what has been a passive use, low impact wilderness park protecting the best remaining stand of native Monterey pines in existence,
(1) Contact the County Parks Dept. to get on the county’s list to receive a copy of the MND. Contact David Lutes, 755-4911 or email By making this contact you will show your concern as well as receive more information.
(2) Write to the parks commissioners: email or P.O. Box 5279, Salinas, CA 93915. If you email, ask the clerk to give a copy of your letter to each of the five Monterey County Parks Commissioners. (Each commissioner is appointed by a supervisor, whose name precedes the commissioner’s name on the list below.)

District/ County Supervisors / Monterey County Parks Commissioners
1 /Fernando Armenta/ Brian Contreras
2 /Louis Calcagno/ Ken Husby
3/ Simon Salinas / Ed Fischer
4 /Jane Parker / Roger Soell
5/ Dave Potter / Joe Hertlein [Commissioner Hertlein has commented below.]

(3) If possible, follow-up by making an appointment and speaking with each of the commissioners personally about your concerns and learn where each of them stand on this issue.

(4) [Updated 11/17/11] The 11/17/11 quarterly meeting of the Board of Commissioners heard public comment on the proposed ziplineAs reported in the Monterey County Herald’s 11/18 story by Larry Parsons, “Zipline project faces heavy opposition, “public comments reflected unanimous opposition, for a variety of reasons.   For a copy of the minutes, and to express your own opinion, contact the County Parks Department by email or by phone, Lynnette Beardsall at 755-4907 or David Lutes at 755-4911.

(5) You may also write to the Board of Supervisors by addressing the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors via email, or via postal mail, P.O. Box 1728, Salinas, CA 93902.
You are also encouraged to:
  • Communicate your opinions to Head of Monterey County Parks, John Pinio, 831-755-4895.
  • Make a donation to the Parks Foundation (see info above).

If you’d like a zipline in Monterey County…

Please consider commenting below with your suggestions for suitable locations other than Jacks Peak Park. Thank you.

Peek-a-boo in the pines…
What will their children and grandchildren find at Jacks Peak Park?
Jacks Peak Park, a special place apart

For other coverage regarding the proposed zipline at Jacks Peak

Please keep in touch with:

You are still welcome to contact me with questions. While protecting the unique nature of Jacks Peak Park fits Bicycling Monterey’s purpose “to encourage cycling, as well as other Earth friendly actions,” my volunteer hours are filled up with working on bicycling projects and resources!  Thank you to Patrice for serving as an initial “go to” site/community news source regarding the proposed zipline at Jacks Peak, and thanks to the many others who formed “Friends of Jacks Peak Park.”

This post was published on 14 November 2011. One or more changes last made to this post on 3 October 2020.

  1. Abby Foss says:

    Talk of introducing the public to the woodsie environment – as they whiz among the tree tops – is sheer nonsense. If visitors want to get up close and personal with nature, let them walk on two feet–or four, if they can ride a horse. Greed doesn’t have to surface in every beautiful, quiet, spiritual place. Commercialism has already engulfed Laguna Seca. If there must be a zipline, let it rest there. But why should there be a zipline at all? Consider not just the zipline but the accompanying traffic, noise, building, etc. Such a project would completely destroy the nature of the Jacks Peak neighborhood and the mouth of Carmel Valley. Abby Foss, Aquajito Oaks

  2. renee oliver says:

    a few other spots include the back side of laguna seca, toro park, carmel valley, marina state beach, pajaro dunes, veterans park (monterey)all kinds of places in “the former fort ord”, at the newest acquisition of ca. state parks, dept, where stillwell hall used to be on the old bunkersites….that’s just to name the pretty places…..for fun for all ages, jobs, new adventure, revenue for our area…..i can think of several more (with trees and probably no restrictions) but even more with not that extremely beautiful view, but just as interesting. BTW have been to the one in SF, it definitely is NOT detracting from its surroundings, nor is it an eyesore, i have more to say , but i will step off my soap box now. Reneefromonterey

  3. Friends of Jacks Peak Zip Lines says:

    [First, a note from Mari: Since I have written quite a lengthy post to express why I feel a zipline for Monterey County would not be appropriately located at Jacks Peak Park, I am not also responding to comments. Instead, I encourage others to continue the conversation.

    However, it is important that I note: While no individual included their name in making this “Friends of Jacks Peak Zip Lines” comment, and while as of 4 p.m. on 5 Dec 2011, the Facebook page referred to likewise has no identifying/contact information under its “Info” section, WhoIs records indicate that the comment below was sent from the County of Monterey, 1590 Moffett ST, 1st Fl, Main MPOE.

    Update: See 12/15/11 Monterey County Weekly Squid Fry, “Zip slip.”
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    Check out the Jacks Peak Zip Line Facebook page, [Note: The page was visible 12/5/11 but is no longer available as of 12/6/11.] While we can understand how some people think that this is a tragedy in the making, please keep in mind that a majority of zip lines that are in “special places” like Jacks Peak Park, have ecology and environmental education in mind.

    We here a lot of people saying that this will turn into a “Coney Island” theme park. That couldn’t be further from the truth, that would be counter-productive for Ziptrek and the County of Monterey as they are billing this as an ecotour.

    Please keep an open mind about this. Just because you’ve never been on a zip line or have never heard of it doesn’t mean that it is bad. Mt. Hermon “Redwood Canopy Tours” prides themselves on educating the public about environmental stewardship. It is a way for people to experience the forest from a different point of view. I’m sure if you were to ride one, you would be hooked and see how incredible zip lining can really be! [Note: The page was visible 12/5/11 but is no longer available as of 12/6/11. Also, in searching the web to learn more about “Friends of Jacks Peak Zip Lines,” a blog turned up that had also been removed:

  4. George Winfrey says:

    For all of you who are against the ZipTrek ziplines at Jack’s Peak, please keep an open mind. If you think that it is just for the thrill you are wrong, IT IS for nature observation. Some of the first ziplines were used by ecologist to study the flora and fauna in the most unobtrusive way possible. Just read some of the comments on Yelp from the Mt. Hermon visitors in Santa Cruz, almost all mention the trees. If you want to protect the trees, people have to know about them, see them up close and want to protect them. Remember nature can be observed, appreciated and enjoyed in many different ways.
    Visit this Yelp link to see the comments about Mt. Hermon in Santa Cruz:

  5. Ellen Tucker says:

    I greatly value Jacks Peak as a quiet getaway spot offering good hiking, excellent views of the peninsula below, and calm forest beauty. The prospect of having quiet hikes interrupted by the laughs and shrieks of adventure tourists taking an aerial ride is not appealing. One also wonders how the zipline installation will affect the wildlife in the area. And then there is the inevitable traffic (even with the proposed plan to shuttle zipline riders in, it seems possible friends, family members, or others not participating might drive up to watch). I know I have no right to expect that a public road function as a sidewalk for me. However, I often walk up the road that winds to the park entrance. Future walks would be less pleasant and safe were the tourist traffic to become busy.

    Granted all that, it is reasonable to expect that the public who enjoy the benefit of a quiet, beautiful park participate in what is needed to support the cost of maintaining it. So I would like to know what other options have been explored for bringing in new revenue. I myself would not be opposed to paying some sort of small tax assessment to maintain our parks. I admit that I am one who almost never pays the car entrance fee, even though I use the park frequently, because I walk in. While I could voluntarily pay the entrance fee for cars, my walking will not change; I live close by, and I get too much benefit out of the walk I take to get to the park.

  6. Joseph Hertlein says:

    Mari Lynch has put together an excellent blog with a lot of good information and appropriate links to newspaper stories and the County Position Paper on the Zip-line proposal for Jacks Peak. Her sentiments and opinion on this matter are most appreciated.

    As the 5th District County Parks Commissioner I am open to ideas and input from all constituents and will balance as fairly as I can the comments of those in support of and in opposition to any proposal. I must also take into account the opinions of the vast majority of folks who offer no opinion either because they are indifferent or just unaware of the issue and are content to leave the matter to those who have studied it.

    It is my goal to try and ascertain all the relevant facts and to differentiate between what is fact and what might be considered unsubstantiated opinion. To the extent that opposing facts can be blended to achieve a compromise, I have always tried in my planning career to achieve win-win situations.

    At this point, I am neither for nor against the zip-line proposal. I want to hear all the viewpoints I can and then determine what I hope will be the most satisfactory result. I am asking questions about the various issues and impacts at play here, based on the answers I get, the further questions that will be prompted from them and additional answers given, I’ll be happy to revisit this blog and share my thoughts on the best direction to take.

    Joseph Hertlein
    5th District Commissioner
    Monterey County Parks

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