While traveling to California to cheer on our kids in a 1/2 Ironman in Guerneville, we stopped in Monterey and took to the Coastal Biking Trail.
“Winding along the Pacific coast, the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (a.k.a. the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail) offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a great way to tour the city while enjoying the outdoors. This wonderful coastal rail-trail currently extends 18 miles from Pacific Grove to Castroville and is regarded as one of the most scenic long trails in California.
The trail follows the former Southern Pacific Railroad line, which was once used to transfer goods between the historic fishing town of Monterey and the rest of northern California. Beginning in Pacific Grove at the Lovers Point Park (the southern end of the trail), you will want to take a picture of the beautiful rocky shoreline to the west. But don’t put your camera away yet—the beautiful views continue, and there are many photo opportunities along the trail of beach scenes, otters, boats, kayakers and more.”
We parked at the southern end of the trail and cycled the 18 miles to Castroville, the Artichoke Capital of the World, where we stopped for lunch. We returned to Monterey after completing the 36 miles of beautiful trail with gorgeous views of the Pacific.