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Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail (Marina, CA)
The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail (MBCRT) has some of the best scenery of any bike path in northern California. Hope to see you there!
Plan to stop for lunch somewhere along the trail in Monterey on the way back.
The MBCRT is mostly flat. There are several short sections of uphill/downhill but our group has ridden this route several times in the past and the route seems well-suited for our group.
Distance: ~30 miles (~25 miles if you turn around at Lovers Point)
Pace: ~10-12 mph when rolling on the flat sections. ~7-9 mph when rolling through the Cannery Row/Fisherman's Wharf area.
Route (only shows outbound leg of our out-&-back route): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28174339
Description of MBCRT from TrailLink: https://www.traillink.com/trail/monterey-bay-coastal-recreation-trail/
1. There are two short uphill sections (one ~100', one ~100 yards) that could be considered "steep" but almost every one of our riders have managed to ride up it without having to walk.
2. The MBCRT has more pedestrian traffic and cross streets in the Cannery Row/Fisherman's Wharf area that dictates a slower and more cautious/courteous approach.
3. The MBCRT ends at Lovers Point, about 12 miles from our starting point. Our route continues past the end of the trail on the lovely and scenic Sunset Drive for several miles before we turn around and head back. Yes, there is some auto traffic on the Sunset Drive portion of our route but there is a VERY wide bike lane and no cross streets since it hugs the coastline. Some riders may choose to turn around at Lovers Point which would make for ~25-mile ride.
4. The elevation profile in the linked ridewithgps route is not accurate. There is not nearly as much up-and-down as the elevation profile implies (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28174339/elevation_profile).
5. Expect frequent stops along the way for photos, restroom breaks, regrouping, whatever. This is intended to be more of a social ride than a “Get-er-done” ride.