As local resident and columnist Mike Hale wrote in The Grub Hunter: The trail to somewhere — in search of the best bites on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, 10/26/16: “One can take in the vistas leisurely, not speeding by at 70 mph on the highway — and that connection to air, land and sea is palpable.” Learn more about that network: Click here for a Transportation Agency for Monterey County brochure about the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail network, and click here for TAMC’s Master Plan.
For some Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission resources about this inter-county trail network—which will eventually stretch from the San Mateo-Santa Cruz County line to Pacific Grove in Monterey County—refer to SCCRTC’s webpage “Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network (Coastal Rail Trail).”Most people don’t realize that there are 95 miles of connected bikeways in the Monterey County seat and largest city, Salinas.
Here she has just passed the point where the path intersects with Casa Verde.
coastal trail, headed to camp at Veterans Park in Monterey, a spot popular with many visitors who bike.
This Canadian visitor was spotted where the Class I coastal trail has a brief interruption in Sand City by the two large shopping centers—Edgewater and Sand Dollar. Signage helps reconnects you to the trail, and as of October 2015, it is anticipated that new Wayfinding signage will soon make it easier for people to follow this route. In this photo (taken on an Intergenerational Ride), the people are biking from the north, headed south.
Then you’re quickly back on Class I (no cars) trail.
This bike route sign directs cyclists on the suggested route through this busy area of Salinas.
Skip Leatham, Expo Services Director of the Sea Otter Classic, and Frank Knight of Adventures by the Sea sketched out ten of their favorite rides for the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau; tells of the experience that he, Gary Cronk, and Eric Jarvis had bike touring Steinbeck Country.
For more on Steinbeck, see “Bike Salinas: What to do in the Monterey County seat,” or “Cycling to Monterey County’s History Spots.” Remember: Take advantage of the familiarity and experience that local resource people can share with you.
Bicycling Monterey is an award-winning grassroots effort, and successes are due to the involvement of many people.
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