September 27-October 1, 2020

Magical Monterey

Magical Monterey

Magical Monterey

Magical Monterey

Magical Monterey

Magical Monterey

5 days/4 nights

Rating: Moderate with Easy Options

Max Capacity: 20

$575 Non-Member Price

$550 Coastwalk Member Price

Walk with us as we journey North along the scenic Monterey Peninsula. Begin your journey at spectacular Point Lobos State Natural Preserve. Continue your journey past scenic Carmel by the sea and into the heights, beauty and uniqueness of the Del Monte Forest where glorious vistas surround you on all sides. Descend to the coast at Spanish Bay. Follow the coast as it winds North until it becomes the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail. Be astounded as we walk the sands of Fort Ord Dunes State Park, seeing the miles of quiet sand dunes vs the clash of sea and shore we had just experienced.



We will meet and our vehicles will remain at a group camping site located in Monterey Veterans Memorial Park. We will shuttle to the start of our hikes and their return. Hikes can experience a vertical change of 700 ft. While most of the hike is along packed dirt, there are some uneven areas with protruding rocks, roots, and minor obstructions. Each day, you have the option of doing the longer hikes or walk less and spend more time in chosen areas. We will provide options for both breakfast and lunch. If you have any special requests regarding diet -please let your Walk Leader know. Dinners will be prepared by volunteer “food angels” who support Coastwalk. We ask that you bring any personal food or drug items in well-marked sturdy containers to be placed in one of our ice chests. To all, please bring a marked container for leftovers. (they are equally great along the trail the next day). Do bring along a camp chair for a comfortable time around the campfire. You will have your vehicles nearby each day so transporting items should not be an issue.  


Camping & parking fees; guided hiking; nightly dinners, (except one evening); shuttle transportation; evening programs, hot water/coffee, Tea or Cocoa. An assortment of breakfast and lunch items will be available but please do let us know if you have any needs or preferences. Also available will be leftovers from the previous evening so we suggest you bring sturdy resalable containers. Coastwalk cannot sell alcoholic beverages. 


 FACILITIES: You will be camping out each night so you will need appropriate gear including sleeping bag, mattress or pad, and tent with rain fly. Since seating at some of the camp sites is minimal, we recommend you bring a camp chair. Your vehicle will remain at our camp. You will need only a day pack each day. Dinner will be presented most evening at our camp with a campfire session to follow.  


All nights will camped at Monterey Veterans Memorial Park. Potable water, restrooms, and showers are available.


5 to 11 miles per day


Coastal bluffs on small tracks and wide trails; sandy beaches. Some hilly trails one day. Uneven terrain may be encountered


fairly level except one day. (700 ft. change.)


There are no additional fitness requirements for this trip.


We will be meeting no later than 1 PM at Monterey Veterans Memorial Park group Campsite. You may choose to drive your own vehicle to join our final day of hiking in Fort Ord Dunes State Park



The ocean is our climate control (water temperatures are in the lower 50s year around) so you can expect relatively cool temperatures with highs mainly in the mid-60s during the middle of the day and lows in the low 50s during the evening and early morning. There may be some morning fog that will burn off by about 10:00 am. Rain is not likely but is a possibility- we should have a fair handle on this at the time of the walk – a lightweight windbreaker is advised. It does get windy on the bluffs and beaches. You’ll definitely want a sweater and/ or jacket in the evenings and mornings; layering is usually best. Fleece is a warm, comfortable option. Otherwise, you can use your judgment about clothing when temperatures are in this range (the humidity can be fairly high which can affect how the air temperature affects your comfort). Bring sturdy hiking shoes that are comfortable and in good condition. A trekking pole provides excellent stability while crossing tricky terrain and rocks and can offer good support while tide pooling.


Potable water is readily available at our base camp and opportunities to replenish are generally available along the trail.  You will need to carry you own daily fluids during our hikes.


Your vehicle will be present at our camp for the entire hike so you may keep what you wish in them. We will shuttle to and from our daily hikes except as chosen on our final day. Be sure and notify volunteers if you desire to accompany the “Long” or the “Short” hikes.  


Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, juice, and milk, (dairy and non-dairy), will be available each morning, as well as a variety of breakfast foods. We brew a large pot of coffee but decaf can be prepared upon request. A variety of lunch items such as breads, (whole grain and gluten free), almond butter, honey, spreads, cheeses, cold cuts and condiments will be available as well as leftovers. Soft drinks will be available each day.  Dinners are provided each evening including the last night Coastwalk hosted dinner at a Cannery Row Restaurant. You will only need to carry lunch items and water while hiking. See attached food provision note.


Day 1: Meet at Veterans Park at p.m.

Hike: Presidio View – Summit – Scenic Road loop. 1.5 miles

Hike description: Orient to the park where you will be camping for the next 4 nights. This hike begins with a long set of steep stairs. Your reward for the short climb is views of Monterey Peninsula, including Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Monterey Bay. It’s heavily forested lovely, and a piece of nature much appreciated by the locals.

Distance: 1.5 miles

Elevation gain: 300′

No shuttles – hike is to/from camp.

If the above is too short or if there is other interest:

Day 1 ALT: Meet at Veterans Park at p.m.

Hike: Veterans Park to “Path of History” in Old Town Monterey

Hike description: Take trail to Paraiso Park, just downhill from Veterans Park and then walk a few city blocks to explore the “Path of History”. (See Hike back up to Veterans.

Distance: >3 miles

Elevation gain: ~400′

No shuttles – hike is to/from camp.


Day 2: Shuttle to Whaler’s Cove parking lot in Pt Lobos State Natural Preserve.

Hike: Whaler’s Cove to Bird Rock via the coastal trails

Hike Description: From the parking lot, hike an out and back to Granite Point. Returning to the Cove we shall visit the Whaler’s cabin, observe its displays and learn much of the history of this area from its docents. We shall circle the peninsula via the North and South Shore Trail, with diversions looping the Cypress Grove Trail and Sea Lion Point. Our final destination at Bird Rock Parking Lot will provide access to the Bird Island Trail and Gibson Beach.  You have the option of joining the longer hike along the coastal trails or shuttle to various sites with us.

Distance: 8 – 10 miles

Elevation Gain: Minimal change but trail can be uneven with protruding rocks, roots, and other minor obstructions.

Shuttle will pick up at the Bird Rock Parking Lot


Day 3: Meet at Carmel Beach bathrooms.

Hike: Carmel to Bird Rock, (different from the one at Pt. Lobos) on the CCT, with diversion through Morse Botanical Reserve.

Hike description: Hike leaves Carmel on the historic Redondo Real Beach Trail, leaving the CCT at the end of Redondo Real Beach Trail we will proceed right for a diversion through the SFB Morse Botanical Reserve (Pescadero Canyon Trail (green) – Bamboo Trail (green) – Sawmill Gulch (green) – orange connector – Crawford (orange) – Fire Road 2 – Bamboo Trail (green) – Pescadero Canyon (green)) back to where we left the CCT. The CCT proceeds as single-track through the residential neighborhoods and past the golf courses of the very tony Pebble Beach, returning to the coastline at Bird Rock.

Distance: ~8 miles

Elevation Gain: Maybe 700′

Shuttle will pick up at Bird Rock.



Day 4: Meet at Bird Rock

Hike: Bird Rock to Fisherman’s Wharf

Hike description: Hike the CCT as it follows the coastline of the Monterey Peninsula, from Pebble Beach to Monterey. The first section of this hike is on Coastal Trail alongside the famous 17-Mile Drive and past many of its way points (Bird Rock, China Rock, Point Joe, Spanish Bay), then diverts off of 17-Mile Drive to continue along the coast on the Spanish Bay boardwalk. We continue on Asilomar Beach, along the Asilomar coastline (boardwalks and trail) and on Coastal Trail from Point Pinos to Lovers Point, where we pick up paved coastal recreational trail to Fisherman’s Wharf near historic Cannery Row. We shall partake of an early dinner at one of the excellent restaurants before our return to camp.

Distance: ~8.5 miles.

Elevation Gain: <50′.

Shuttles will pick up at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Day 5:

Our final day will be spent exploring the coastal dunes that make up Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

  • Hiking shoes, boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Waterproof sandals
  • Spare walking shoes & laces
  • Comfy camp shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water-proof windbreaker/ or parka for cold nights
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt (protection against sunburn, poison oak, and bugs)
  • Layers for upper body
  • Hat for sun protection that ties under chin
  • Beanie for cold, windy conditions
  • Other clothing – underwear, T-shirts, lots of socks, etc.
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 spf)
  • Natural bug repellant
  • Personal first aid kit (band aids, blister pads)
  • Personal medicines
  • Day pack
  • Plate, cup, bowl, and eating utensils
  • Sturdy Tupperware for leftovers
  • Flashlight & headlamp with new batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Folding camp chair
  • Tent & Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • REUSABLE Water Bottle
  • Trail snacks (power bars or jerky)
  • Credit Card & cash for camp showers and treats
  • Solar shower if there is no shower at campsite
  • Shower towel


What’s Included:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


  • Coffee: (Regular in percolator with caffeine free available upon request), Teas, Cocoa, Juice, Milk (1/2 & 1/2, 2% Milk, Soy & Almond Milks)
  • Sweeteners- (sugar, honey)
  • Yogurt
  • Biscotti
  • Hot Cereals (Instant Oatmeal, and prepare it yourself steel cut oats available)
  • Granola
  • Walnuts or assorted nuts
  • Fruit (fresh)- (Blueberries, Bananas, Apples, Oranges / Cuties)
  • Fruit (dried)- Raisins & Craisins


  • Breads- (Multi Grail & Gluten Free)
  • Almond Butter
  • Fruit spreads
  • Cold Cuts
  • Cheeses (sliced)
  • Condiments, (Mustard, Mayonnaise)
  • Butter, (Regular and dairy free)


  • Dinners are included unless otherwise noted and will be provided by Coastwalk’s Volunteer Food Angels. 


Our Chuckwagon wrangler will do their best to accommodate you but if you have special dietary needs please bring your food in a small cooler and we will be sure to provide you with ice throughout the trip.