Treadmill Rating (out of 10):
Distance: 2.4 miles
Max Elevation: N/A – Beach Trail
Elevation Gain: N/A – Beach Trail
We took a trip up the coast this Christmas vacation to Monterey and wanted to do some coastal hiking. There are some great hikes along the rocky bluffs overlooking the pacific ocean in the area. One of the prettiest on the Monterey Peninsula is Asilomar State Beach. There is a very well maintained coastal trail right off the side of the road, so getting there is pretty easy. The views are spectacular and the color of the water is uncommonly azul. There are some tide pools to visit, so this is also a very kid friendly hike.
The hike is located in Pacific Grove, California. We drove Lighthouse Avenue through town toward the beach to get to the trail. Take Lighthouse Avenue to Asilomar Blvd, where you make a left. Then, a quick right on Jewell Avenue to the beach and park on the side of Sunset Drive where available. The trail is right there a few feet from the road.
HOW TECHNICAL IS THE HIKE?
This is a level path along the rocky coastline. There is no technical difficulty this hike. You may venture down to the tidepools in designated areas, which could require some sure footing. There is also a bike path along side the road for most of the trail if you are so inclined. Below is a picture of the path, note that part of the trail is actually boardway, where much of the trial is even gravel.
WHO CAN DO THIS HIKE?
This is a well maintained trail along the coast. The hike is rated at a level 2 on our treadmill rating system, as it is quite nice and enjoyable. You do not have to hike the whole trail, and there are many places to just sit and take pictures and relax.
WHEN SHOULD I GO?
This is a year round hike, as the climate in Monterey is beautiful all year round. There can be rain in the winter and spring, so check the weather before heading out. We went the last week in December and it was unseasonably warm at 68 degrees. Very nice. The surf was quite large as I suspect an incoming storm was on the way, making for an even more dramatic scene.
As long as you are in reasonable health for a couple of miles of walking, you really don’t need to train for this hike as it is fairly flat coastal trail and well maintained. Stretching exercises are always a good idea to keep you in good shape for any hike of this type.