Peñon Peak

360° of bliss after a short hike.


Few people will see this view. A two-mile hike to the top of Peñon Peak will find you at the Ormsbee Fire Lookout. Named after Lieutenant Sidney C. Ormsbee, a State Forest Ranger killed in action in 1943, the tower was used for many years as a live-in fire lookout for the Monterey Peninsula. It’s no wonder, on a clear day you can see…well…forever. Catch eastern views to the farthest reaches of Carmel Valley, south down the coast to Big Sur and beyond, north over the artichoke fields to Santa Cruz, and west to Carmel and the boundless Pacific Ocean. Be one of the few who knows what bliss looks like.