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Places to Run In Pacific Grove

Places to Run In Pacific Grove

Best Places to Run in Pacific Grove

1.Old Del Monte Railroad Running Trail

 Old Del Monte Railroad Running Trail

      Looking to make your morning, afternoon or evening run a bit different? Switch it up and soak up some history by running on the old Del Monte Railroad running trail. The railroad ran from Castroville to Pacific Grove, ending at Asilomar. The tracks gradually fell into disuse and were completely shut down in the 1990s. It has since become a popular spot amongst Pacific Grove locals, offering a safer, quieter and more tranquil alternative to the often busy Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. The trail winds through a quiet, heavily forested section of Pacific Grove and intrepid runners can take it from Asilomar, around the edge of the Pacific Grove Golf Links and onto the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, turn around here or continue for great views of the coast or a quick rest at Lovers Point.

  1. Asilomar State Beach

         A runner at the dunes at Asilomar State Beach

      Not a fan of beating pavement? Sometimes, neither are we! With so much natural beauty around the Peninsula, why not go a little easier on your knees and do your run entirely off-road? Asilomar State Beach is a perfect spot to get some exercise while enjoying the gorgeous scenery, at well over 1,000 feet long, the beach itself provides plenty of room to put in a couple laps on the soft, white sand while giving you a gorgeous view of Santa Cruz and North Monterey Bay. Instead of running laps, jump onto Sunset boulevard and head East for a four-mile tour of Pacific Grove’s scenic coastline over gently rolling hills or go South and grind uphill until you reach Forest Avenue to really kick your workout up a notch.

  1. The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

 Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail near Lovers Point

        Hugging the coastline from Lovers Point to Cannery Row (or beyond, if you’re feeling adventurous) the recreation trail is perhaps the most popular spot for a run in on the Monterey Peninsula. This trail is for pedestrians and cyclists only and treats visitors to panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, including excellent opportunities for spotting marine life. The shoreline immediately adjacent to the trail is a playground for gulls, pelicans, seals and otters and once hosted a Chinese fishing village that is celebrated every July during the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns. It also serves as a portion of the course for the annual Triathlon at Pacific Grove, taking place the second weekend of June each year.