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Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, CA

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Distance One Way 18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10 feet
Elevation Gain 25 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 18.17
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Big Sur Coastline CA Redux - August 2015
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The 18 mile trail runs over the old Southern Pacific railroad tracks that serviced Cannery Row during the famed sardine era. This paved path stretches 18 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south accommodating walkers, hikers, and bikers.

From Fisherman's Wharf beside Monterey Municipal Beach, head north along the path towards the dunes. Or head southwest towards the famed Monterey Aquarium on Cannery Row and Pebble Beach beyond.

The trail boasts scenic vistas and wildlife viewing, including harbor seals, sea otters, sea lions, birds and sometimes even whales!

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    Big Sur Coastline CA Redux - August 2015
    Big Sur Coastline CA Redux - August 2015

    For my 1000th trip log on HAZ, needed something extraordinary (within reason). Saddened by our recent loss of Skippy our Springer Spaniel, maybe trip along Big Sur Coastline with a loop thru Yosemite would set things right...

    Ahwatukee to Avila Beach CA is 575 miles, 9 hrs, 34 min per Google Maps
    Avila Beach to Lucia CA is 91 miles, 2 hrs, 30 min per Google Maps
    Lucia CA to Monterey CA is 54 miles, 1 hrs, 45 min per Google Maps

    Monterey to Yosemite Village is 201 miles, 4 hrs, 2 min per Google Maps
    Yosemite Village to Bishop CA is 139 miles, 2 hrs, 57 min per Google Maps
    Bishop CA to Ahwatukee home is 584 miles, 8 hrs, 42 min via Palm Springs

    Itinerary goes here...
    Big Sur CA – August 2015

    Saturday 8/22 – prep day…

    Sunday 8/23 – Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach CA – confirmation number 244101678, King Master Suite Deluxe Ocean Front Patio Room. avilalighthousesuit ... .com Drive from home to Avila Beach is 575 miles, 8 hrs 43 min per Google Maps

    Monday 8/24 – Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach CA – beach day, explore San Luis (Avila) Lighthouse :next: NOTE: hike permit required. Point Buchon Trail an alternative. ... id=4 Reservations Thursday to Monday. Located north of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, north of Point San Luis lighthouse

    Tuesday 8/25 – Lucia Lodge, Lucia CA - confirmation number (12103) and your reference number (IRS007831008560). Room #10 – Honeymoon Cottage Avila Lighthouse Suites to Lucia Lodge is 90 miles, 2 hrs 1 min per Google Maps. Monastery :next:

    Wednesday 8/26 – Lucia Lodge, Lucia CA - confirmation number (12105) and your reference number (IRS007831086695). Room #2 – Partial Ocean View Room

    Thursday 8/27 – Monterey Marriott, Monterey CA – confirmation number 93332298. Bay view, king bed ... ott/ Lucia Lodge to Monterey Marriott is 54 miles, 1 hr 22 min per Google Maps. Point Sur Lighthouse tours @ 10am on Thursdays :next: (1st come, 1st served, no reservations).

    Friday 8/28 – Monterey Marriott, Monterey CA – Monterey Aquarium day, evening whale watch cruise montereybayaquarium ... .com

    Saturday 8/29 – check out Monterey Marriott, Monterey CA – drive home is 709 miles, 10 hrs 50 min per Google Maps

    Sunday 8/30 – recover at home…

    Sunday August 23rd - Ahwatukee to Avila Beach CA
    Fitbit distance = 6.67 miles, AEG = 250 feet (25 floors)
    Early morning getaway on I-10 to CA210 @ Redlands onto CA101 @ I-405 in Sherman Oaks. Continue along CA101 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Avila Beach turnoff before San Luis Obispo...

    Avila Lighthouse Suites base camp (Martin Resorts) :next: avilalighthousesuit ... 48:s and

    HAZ hikes
    1. Avila Beach Walking Tour :next: [ description ]
    2. Pecho Coast Trail :next: [ description ]
    3. Point San Luis Lighthouse Trail :next: [ description ]
    4. Oceano Dunes & Preserve :next: [ description ]
    5. Big Sur Coastline Highway :next: [ description ]

    Monday August 24th - Avila Beach CA and Surrounding Area
    Fitbit distance = 14.97 miles, AEG = 859 feet (85 floors)
    Early morning stroll along Avila Beach. Headed over to Montana de Oro State Park to explore what is called the "southern most stretch of Big Sur Coastline". Back at our Avila Lighthouse Suites base camp to eat dinner and watch the sun set from our room balcony patio...

    HAZ hikes
    1. Avila Beach Walking Tour :next: [ description ]
    2. Point Buchon Trail :next: [ description ]
    3. Sand Spit Beach (Montana de Oro State Park) :next: [ description ]

    Tuesday August 25th - Avila Beach CA to Lucia CA
    Fitbit distance = 9.22 miles, AEG = 660 feet (66 floors)
    Early morning stroll along Avila Beach. Debated about putting Salmon Creek Falls on the itinerary but talked ourselves out of it given the dry/fire conditions. Hung out most of the afternoon at Sand Dollar Beach - one of my fav Big Sur spots! 31st wedding anniversary at honeymoon suite at Lucia Lodge room #10 :next: Lucia Lodge recommendations :next: ... html Watch the sun set from Lucia Lookout after watching 3 humpback whales cruise by between the kelp beds and being swooped by California condors...

    HAZ hikes
    1. Avila Beach Walking Tour :next: [ description ]
    2. Moonstone Beach :next: [ description ]
    3. Elephant Seal Beach Vista :next: [ description ] and ... html
    4. Point Sierra Nevada Beach :next: [ description ]
    5. Ragged Point :next: [ description ]
    6. Willow Creek (jade and gold prospecting) :next: [ description ] and ... html
    7. Jade Cove Beach :next: ... html
    8. Sand Dollar Beach :next: [ description ] and ... html
    9. Pacific Valley Flats :next: [ description ]
    10. Mill Creek Picnic Area :next: [ description ]
    11. Lucia Lookout :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged

    Wednesday August 26th Lucia CA and Local Surroundings
    Fitbit distance = 6.78 miles, AEG = 440 feet (44 floors)
    Early morning whale watching through the fog at Lucia Lookout while sipping on Starbucks coffee brewed in our room. Need to move our gear from Room#10 to Room#2 - thanks to housekeeper Rindy for making us a priority. Headed to the Hermatige near Lucia and arrived at the Book Store and Visitor Center @ 11:30am just as it is closing for 1 1/2 hr lunch break. Oh well, off to Pfeiffer State Beach for the afternoon (found the hidden entrance for Sycamore Canyon Road -hint; its paved and unsigned just north of the Shell Gas Station/Market) followed by some mega-whale watching at Partington Cove. Gassed up in Big Sur - yikes - $5.59 per gallon! I don't think I've ever paid that much for a gallon of gas, even in Europe! Cobbled up a picnic dinner at Lucia Lodge watching the sunset sans whales...

    HAZ hikes
    1. Lucia Lookout :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
    2. Hermitage :next: [ description ] and
    3. McWay Falls Trails :next: [ description ]
    4. Partington Cove Trail :next: [ description ]
    5. Pfeiffer Beach via Sycamore Canyon Road (the only ungated paved road the west side of PCH between Big Sur post office and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park) :next: bigsurcalifornia.or ... html and [ description ]

    Thursday August 27th Lucia CA to Monterey CA
    Fitbit distance = 12.18 miles, AEG = 690 feet (69 floors)
    Early morning whale watching sans fog at Lucia Lookout. Headed to the Hermatige near Lucia and arrived at the Book Store and Visitor Center @ 8am just as it is opening! On the PCH before 9am to head to the first-come-first-served tour of Point Sur Lighthouse :next: Tom was our outstanding volunteer docent for the 3 hour "behind the scenes, step back in history" tour. After the tour, headed to Point Lobos :next: where we saw humpback whales, otters, more humpback whales, deer, and even more humpback whales in full body breach - awesome! After grabbing dinner in Sand City, checked into our Monterey Marriott room#710 base camp :next: ... ott/

    HAZ hikes
    1. Lucia Lookout :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
    2. Hermitage :next: [ description ]
    3. Point Sur Lighthouse :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
    4. Bixby Bridge :next: [ description ]
    5. Point Lobos (China Cove, Whalers Knoll, etc) :next: [ description ]
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    6. Monterey Walking Tour :next: [ description ]

    Friday August 28th Monterey CA
    Fitbit distance = 7.21 miles, AEG = 290 feet (29 floors)
    Spend the day at Monterey Aquarium :next: montereybayaquarium ... .org chatted with the BBC/PBS film crew shooting clips for "Big Blue Live" that will air this Monday 8/31 :next: ... ome/
    Happy hour at Peter B’s Brew Pub :next: ... pub/ (Stout Resistance with Buffalo Chili and Monterey Jack Cheese highly recommended) where we caught the Jays game (totally smoked the Tigers). Full moon walk along Cannery Row and the waterfront...

    HAZ hikes
    1. Monterey Bay Aquarium :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
    2. Monterey Walking Tour :next: [ description ]

    Saturday August 29th Monterey CA to Ahwatukee AZ
    Fitbit distance = 3.81 miles, AEG = 120 feet (12 floors)
    Get away home day aborting route through Yosemite. Plotted route from Monterey to Paso Robles to Bakersfield to Barstow via Tehachapi Pass and onto Needles via I-40, then CA95 to Parker AZ with connecting road onto I-10 at Vicksburg and onto Phoenix - 731 miles per Google Maps, 10 hr 48min drive time...
    Found Tobin James Cellar Winery in Paso Robles (curious combo for our daughter Tobyn and her boyfriend James :next: ... .php ).

    HAZ hikes
    1. Monterey Bay Aquarium :next: write a HAZ description for 1000th trip logged
    2. Tehachapi Mountain Pass Trail :next: [ description ]
    3. Parker Dam :next: [ description ]

    Sunday 8/23 = 6.67 miles, 250 AEG
    Monday 8/24 = 14.07 miles, 850 AEG
    Tuesday 8/25 = 9.22 miles, 660 AEG
    Wednesday 8/26 = 6.78 miles, 440 AEG
    Thursday 8/27 = 12.18 miles, 690 AEG
    Friday 8/28 = 7.21 miles, 290 AEG
    Saturday 8/29 = 3.81 miles, 129 AEG
    TOTAL = 59.93 miles, 3300 AEG

    170 Avila Beach iPhone photos
    148 Lucia iPhone photos
    136 Monterey iPhone photos
    241 Canon 7D photos
    320 Canon 6D photos
    167 Canon Rebel XT photos
    TOTAL = 1182 photos
    Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
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    Big Sur Coastline - August 2014
    Big Sur Coastline - August 2014
    FitBit totals = 49.08 miles, 2040 AEG (204 floors)

    I’ve had a couple of previous opportunities to visit the Big Sur Coastline of California. Pacific Coast Highway return trip home after Hannah's wedding in Oregon :next: required a definite redux in the Big Sur area. I also had a chance to visit during a July business trip to Cupertino :next: profile.php?u=5929&ID=46#T__105602_______1

    With my August participation with a medical team in Leh Ladakh Kashmir India pushed out to October, had an opportunity to take my wife on a 30th wedding anniversary wish to the "Big Sur Coastline"...

    Some things to consider;

    1. Big Sur beaches :next:
    2. Kayaking in Monterey ? :next: ... /kayaking/
    3. Monterey Bay Aquarium :next:
    4. Whale spotting along Big Sur Coast
    5. Giant redwood hike
    6. Big Sur history :next:
    7. Dogs are pretty much NOT welcome anywhere in Big Sur...


    Mon 8/18 - Ahwatukee AZ to Marriott base camp #1 in Monterey CA :next: ... -marriott/
    709 miles, 10 hours 25 minutes per Google Maps Confirmation 88321895, 80,000 points Monterey Marriott
    350 Calle Principal, Monterey CA, 93940

    Tue 8/19 - explore Monterey CA
    Monterey Aquarium :next:
    Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail :next:
    Shoreline Stroll Trail :next:
    Should consider Point Lobos State Reserve, North Shore Trail :next:

    Wed 8/20 - Monterey to Glen Oaks base camp #2 along Big Sur River in the redwood forest :next:
    30 miles, 0 hours 44minutes per Google Maps Confirmation P433714A6627, $249.62 pre-paid on Visa Glen Oaks Big Sur Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920 Hiking in Big Sur :next: The "must see trails" :next:
    McWay Waterfall Trail :next:
    Ewoldsen Redwoods Trail :next:
    Partington Cove Trail :next:

    Thu 8/21 - Glen Oaks Big Sur to Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites base camp #3 :next:
    116 miles, 2 hours 45 minutes per Google Maps Confirmation 211148994, $398.60 Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites
    550 Front Street, Avila Beach CA, 93424

    Fri 8/22 - Avila Beach CA to Ahwatukee AZ
    575 miles, 8 hours 37 minutes per Google Maps Avila Beach Walking Tour :next:


    Mon 8/18 - Ahwatukee AZ to Marriott base camp #1 in Monterey CA :next: ... -marriott/
    Arrived at base camp dinner time-ish by the ocean shore to a foggy Monterey Bay where I joined onto Hwy 1, Pacific Coast Highway.
    Ok, so it really took almost 12 hours door-to-door. Stopped in a surprisingly active oil field near I-5 and CA46. Lost Hill Oil Well purchase :next:
    Walked Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail out to Lover's Point :next:
    Also saw cleanup from the weekend vintage car auction :next: ... eCode=MO14 Amazing to see six-figure cars all stored outside in the sea-mist waiting for pick-up! Finished up walking the dunes and shoreline trails and over to Laguna Park :next: and

    Fitbit Totals = 9.37 miles and 150 AEG

    Tue 8/19 - explore Monterey CA
    We picked up our Monterey Bay Aquarium passes at the front desk of the Marriott Hotel the night before. Pass is good for 2 consecutive days creating multiple options for us.
    The Aquarium is awesome - hard to improve upon. Loved the modern blend of functional architecture with local history - the entire building is an ode to local cannery row lore. As each hour passed at the Aquarium, the crowd multiplied. We decided to check out for lunch. The Cannery Row Brewing Company was noted on the morning walk from the hotel to the aquarium. Much to my disappointment this is not a brewery. Although some craft brews are on tap, none were local (unless you call San Diego local for Monterey) :next:
    This area could be called "ground zero" for John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" :next:
    Lynn and I then headed to another "brew pub", Peter B's Brew Pub :next:
    Crap, it doesn't open until 4pm daily. Ok, we had to settle for the faux English Pub (Crown & Anchor Monterey) across the road from the Marriott :next: Whale Watching up next from Fisherman's Wharf. The Princess Monterey took us to the Monterey Canyon off Moss Landing where we saw a couple dozen humpback whale breaches and many more surface grazings! Monterey Canyon is reported to be the undersea equivalent of the Grand Canyon matching depth and length and provides the diverse ecosystem to support the abundant marine life found in Monterey Bay :next: and After dinner walk out to Point Pinos Lighthouse :next: and
    Rooftop night long exposure shots? Did that plus a few around Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. Wrapped up catching last call at Peter B's Brew Pub - excellent cherrywood barrel aged porter and buffalo chili topped with Monterey Jack cheese (of course).

    Fitbit Totals = 10.90 miles and 260 AEG

    Wed 8/20 - Monterey to Glen Oaks base camp #2 along Big Sur River in the redwood forest.
    Morning redux of Monterey Bay Aquarium (pass is good for 2 consecutive days). After pulling out base camp #1, headed out 17 mile scenic drive from Point Pinos Lighthouse to Spanish Bay to Pebble Beach to Carmel-By-The-Sea. ... alifornia/ and and ... -drive.pdf Search for the "Lone Monterey Cypress :next:
    Also need to find the pullout between Carmel and Rocky Creek Bridge for tide pool exploration :next: and ... 2&Z=15&M=6 (found it! - dubbed this a new HAZ mini-description "Big Sur Coastline - Malpaso Creek to Soberanes Creek"). Poked in the tide pools - almost like an extension of the touch pools at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Stopped at Garrapata State Park Beach :next: ... beach.html Access from the west side of Hwy 1. There is a fairly new set of wooden stairs leading to the beach. The surf is considered hazardous here and we could see why with some spectacular waves hitting the shores today! Did the obligatory stop at Bixby Bridge and headed non-stop to base camp #2. Checked into room 15 at Glen Oaks in Village of Big Sur to establish base camp #2. Settled in and then hiked down to the redwood grove beside Big Sur River.

    Fitbit Totals = 11.10 miles and 530 AEG

    Thu 8/21 - Glen Oaks Big Sur to Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites base camp #3 Checked out Pfeifer Big Sur State Park (north) and Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park (south) :next: and ... ut2013.pdf
    Note that these are two different parks albeit reasonably close together. 2008 Basin Fire has closed many of the trails in the north park, so we headed south. First stop of the day was in a Hwy 1 pullout because Lynn thought she saw whales - turns out plural was very correct as we saw about a dozen humpbacks in coordinated feeding mode. This would mark just the beginning of our whale sightings for the day. Think every stop today that had an ocean view that featured whale sightings!
    Partington Cove Trail :next:
    McWay Waterfall Trail :next:
    Ewoldsen Redwoods Trail :next:
    Mill Creek picnic lunch (after $20+ purchase at Lucia General store) :next:
    Pacific Valley Beach - IMO this was the best beach along Big Sur Coastline (Orca sighting topped it off! Throw in some dolphins for extra measure...). Although this was our first visit to this beach, there was an “air of familiarity” to this beach. Don’t know why – location for commercials/movie scenes perhaps?
    Pacific Valley Beach (just north of Pacific Valley Flats noted on HAZ) :next: and
    Sand Dollar Beach :next:
    For what we originally thought was Sand Dollar Beach, turned out to be Point Sierra Nevada Beach (part of San Simeon State Park) :next: ... re2009.pdf
    Elephant Seal Vista provided multiple wildlife options with some Blue Whales offshore and the namesake Elephant Seals on the beach :next:
    Drove through San Simeon and stopped at the local beach before heading to Morro Bay.
    Morro Rock Vista :next:
    After establishing base camp #3, did an evening stroll of Avila Beach. Avila Beach walking tour :next:

    Fitbit Totals = 12.49 miles and 1050 AEG

    Fri 8/22 - Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites base camp #3 to Ahwatukee AZ Morning walk on the beach followed by a leisurely breakfast on our oceanfront patio before the 600 mile sprint home. It was very fitting that a giant sea weasel (aka sea otter) made an appearance in the Avila Beach surf just as we were wrapping up our walk before heading home.

    Monday = 9.37 miles, 150 AEG (15 floors)
    Tuesday = 10.91 miles, 260 AEG (26 floors)
    Wednesday = 11.10 miles, 530 AEG (53 floors)
    Thursday = 12.56 miles and 1050 AEG (105 floors)
    Friday = 5.14 miles and 50 AEG (5 floors)
    TOTALS = 49.08 miles and 2040 AEG


    1. HAZ Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail :next:
    2. HAZ Shoreline Stroll Trail :next:
    3. HAZ Laguna Grand Park :next:
    4. Point Pinos Lighthouse :next:
    5. HAZ 17 Mile Scenic Drive :next:
    6. HAZ Spanish Bay to Bird Rock Trail :next:
    7. HAZ Point Joe to Bird Rock Trail :next:
    8. HAZ Big Sur Coastline - Malpaso Creek to Soberanes Creek :next: http://hikearizona.comr/decoder=19517
    9. HAZ Garrapata Beach :next:
    10. HAZ Bixby Bridge - Big Sur Coastline :next:
    11. HAZ Glen Oaks Big Sur Redwood Grove Loop :next:
    12. HAZ Partington Cove Trail :next:
    13. HAZ Ewoldsen Redwoods Trail :next:
    14. HAZ McWay Waterfall Trail :next:
    15. HAZ Mill Creek Picnic Area :next:
    16. HAZ Pacific Valley Beach :next:
    17. HAZ Sand Dollar Beach :next:
    18. HAZ Point Sierra Nevada Beach :next:
    19. HAZ Elephant Seal Vista :next:
    20. HAZ San Simeon Bay Beach :next:
    21. HAZ Morro Rock :next:
    22. HAZ Avila Beach :next:

    I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
    121 on iPhone
    297 on 6D
    214 on 7D
    42 on Rebel XT
    TOTALS = 674

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