Posted August 2006
Beautiful Coastal Bike Tours
Monterey Adventure Getaways
Picture yourself: wind lightly blowing your hair back out of your
eyes, the warm sun on your skin, legs rhythmically turning the
pedals on your bicycle as you meander, almost aimlessly, along
the stunning Monterey shoreline.
Described as one of the most scenic recreation trails in the State
of California, the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail is seven
miles long and stretches from Seaside on the north to Pacific Grove
on the south. From there the bike trail wanders through Del Monte
forest to the renowned 17 Mile Drive, where cars drive slow and
there is a bike lane.
In Monterey, the Recreation Trail follows
the shoreline above Cannery Row and around the marina. It winds
along the coast from the Aquarium to Lover’s Point and then a
bike lane picks up along the rocky shores area of Pacific Grove’s
coastline. This lane leads you along the shore to one of the entrances
of the not-to-be-missed 17-Mile Drive, through Del Monte Forest.
aged and towering pines of the Del Monte forest will remind you
of the area’s history, and as you pass gated estates and Spanish
Bay (the world-class golf course and resort) you will be also
able to take in a view of the area’s ease and wealth.
for cocktails or lunch at The Lodge at Pebble Beach or Bird
and Seal Rock. Of course, packing a picnic or just snacks is a
great way to go, as there are many breathtaking spots for a picnic
lunch or photo op.
The path and bike lanes are beginner to intermediate
level with only a few hills along the way, depending how far
A great place to rent bikes is at Adventures
by the Sea.
They will fit you for a specialized 24-speed hybrid bike with
helmet (highly recommend, but optional for adults) and a lock. Costs
are $6.00 an hour, to $24.00 for the full day.