"Monterey Bay Coastal Trail" Top 5 Page for this destination Bay Tip by Ewingjr98
Bay, Monterey: 4 reviews and 20 photos
There is a nice, wide, paved recreation trail along Monterey Bay. In Monterey it follows Del Monte Ave along the beach, dunes, & the old railroad grade. The foundations of the old train depots are still visible in some locations. Near the Naval Postgraduate School, the trail passes through an impressive old grove of eucalyptus trees which were imported from Australia. The path is very popular for joggers, bikers, walkers, & bums.
In Pacific Grove, west of Monterey, the path separates into a paved bicycle-only path and an adjacent packed-dirt trail for walking, jogging, biking & strolling. Here there are no bums, but they are replaced by old people. From Lover's Point to Asilomar State Beach, the paved bike path becomes part of the road and the dirt trail follows the cliffs on the edge of the water. This stretch is narrow and often close to the cliffs, so not as good for jogging.
North of Monterey, the path enters Sand City and follows the dunes along Highway 1 and Sand Dunes Drive to Tioga Avenue, then you run into problems. This is where I always turned around, but as best as I can tell you can turn onto Tioga, cross over Hwy 1, then take the first left on Metz Rd, really just an access road behind the shopping center. After 1/4 mile you hit Playa Avenue where the path resumes, going under Hwy 1 & back along the dunes.
BTW, this trail is part of the California Coastal Trail, a work in progress that will eventually consist of a trail along the entire 1,100-mile California coast from the border of Oregon to the border of Mexico. Today about 50% of the coastal trail is open and accessible to the public. A 20 year, $27 million plan has been announced to complete key trail segments around Monterey Bay.
The Monterey County Weekly "Best Of 2006 Readers' Picks" named the Coastal Trail from Pacific Grove to Marina as the best Place to Bike in Monterey County!
Directions: All along the coast in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, and Sand City
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