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Bike, Run, Park at the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

Follow the scenic path that was once the Southern Pacific Railroad between Castroville and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail. Walk, bike, skate, or surrey along this 18-mile path that hugs Monterey Bay with stunning ocean views.

Before You Go

  • Hours
    • Open sunrise to sunset
  • Prices
    • Free 
  • Events
    • Artichoke Festival
    • Pebble Beach Food & Wine
    • Monterey Car Week
  • Activities
    • Biking
    • Walking
    • Running
    • Surrey rides
    • In-line skating
    • Surfing
    • Picnics
    • Kayaking
    • Paddle Boarding

Travel Tips

What can I see along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail?

From south to north, the 18-mile Monterey Coastal Recreational Trail takes visitors from the trailhead at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove through Point Cabrillo, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Shoreline, San Carlos Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Del Monte Beach, Monterey State Beach, Seaside, Marina and as far north as Castroville.

What's the history of the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail?

The Coastal Trail runs along the path of the Southern Pacific Railroad's Monterey Branch, which was built in 1879. Southern Pacific's longest running passenger train, the Del Monte, ran on these tracks until 1971. In 1986, the Coastal Conservancy joined with Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Seaside to transform the abandoned railway into the parkland it is today.

How long is the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail?

Stretched over 18 miles, the trail follows the same path as the old Southern Pacific Railway. The southern tip of the trailhead is at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove. The route then hugs the shoreline up till the other end at Castroville. The Coastal Trail covers some of the best scenic spots near Monterey, including Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more.
Are there any parking facilities near the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail?
The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail has multiple parking stops along the way. The dedicated free parking lot is on Del Monte Ave. Other parking spots include Fisherman’s Wharf spaces and the ones only a few blocks from our boutique hotel on Cannery Row.

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