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Asilomar State Beach and Coast Trail

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Asilomar State Beach

Asilomar State Beach and Coast Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pacific Grove, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 170 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Locals and tourists flock to Asilomar State Beach. It is in close proximity to Monterey's Cannery Row, in the heart of Pacific Grove, and has a highly popular conference center for retreats. If you need a break from the regular tourist stuff, this is a great option. The trail goes between soft and compacted sand to wood paneled walkways with small gazebo outlooks and is an easy walk with only a few rocks to watch out for. The beach and bluff walk provide ready access to some spectacular coastline, tide pools, marine mammal and offshore preserve, kelp beds, and more. It's extremely popular locally for morning and afternoon walks. It's accessible, tucked between the coastal road and the ocean and one of those places that's gorgeous no matter the weather. There are all sorts of possibilities here for ocean kayaking, paddle boarding, and diving. Being in Northern California, the water's cold...not a great place for casual swimming.

Asilomar State Beach http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=566 Asilomar Conference Grounds http://www.visitasilomar.com/ Asilomar SB Visitor Guides http://www.parks.ca.gov/mediagallery/?page_id=566&viewtype=7

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds is adjacent to Sunset Drive and Asilomar Avenue in the city of Pacific Grove. Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of Asilomar Marine Reserve. All marine resources, animals and features are protected. No collecting or fishing is allowed. Dogs are permitted on the state beach but must be leashed at all times and in the immediate control of the handler. There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach. Weather ranges from the low 40's to low 80's. At times the area can become densely foggy. It pays to be prepared for cool and damp to wet weather.

Directions to Asilomar from the North (Santa Cruz) Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey. Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue. Directions to Asilomar from the East (Salinas/Highway 101) Take Monterey/Highway 68 West from Salinas. Turn south on Highway 1 (approximately 15 miles). From Highway 1 take 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue.

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Curtis Murry
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It was pretty windy but the view were great!

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Marcy Lienau
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Beautiful easy trail that you can go down to the beach and/or tide pools here and there.

D.J. Todd
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Hiking

Nice walk along a rocky coastline. Plenty of opportunities to explore tide pools and rock outcroppings.

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Jim Waters
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This is one of the coolest trails I’ve seen, it’s not difficult at all! Tons of space. And there’s even a few hidden spots within the rocks on the shore! The sand is so nice and clean. Kid friendly af! Go check it out.

Ashley McCabe
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A G.
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Beautiful. Would recommend the Monterey Coastal as well.

Allie Santillano
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Hiking

Beautiful walk along the coast. The views are great all throughout.

Jess Mooney
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gorgeous and so many rock formations to play on! love that my pup can play with me

nancy zalzalah
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This state beach is minutes from my hotel just beautiful the sand is as white as snow and non rocky . A very nice beach

Michael Gassiott
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Hiking

Very easy hike with beautiful rocky shore. Being from Texas I was amazed at the life in the tidal pools. An amazingly peaceful walk for scenery and the sound of waves on the entire trek.

K B.
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Heaven-on-earth? Home. I go back to you over and over. Kelp, seasonal cycles of jellies. September billowing cumulus. Never too far from 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Home.

Lizzy User
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This trail is stunning and fairly flat. There are several sections that are unpacked sand, but they don't last too long.

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Shawna Shaw
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gorgeous beach trail. super easy but with lots of places to climb and explore if you choose.

Matthew Cali
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Great beach trail

Sarah Ferreira
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Great for dogs and getting in some flat miles.

Sarah Smith
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Beautiful place!

Korina Yoshida
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Love this trail. So beautiful with wild flowers ( 3/25/2017) and sound of the waves the entire trail.

Stephanie S
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Nice walk on boardwalk and some spots for tide pools exploration and beach fun. Despite being labelled as an on-leash only beach (it is required by law and signage), some fools let their dogs off leash and without proper voice control. On two separate occasions during the same walk, I had to keep two dogs away from my dog, one I had to hold away by the collar and wait for its owner to retrieve it; and it was very frustrating. Despite that, my dog appeared to have a good time otherwise - we had to sometimes go on the boardwalk to avoid other off-leash dogs who were obviously not under voice control and owners weren't paying attention... So if you have a reactive dog, you may need to be on the lookout for irresponsible owners.

Laurah Brown
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Walking

Beautiful walk along the coast with this trail. Lots of wildlife, and love the waves!

Derial Bivens
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Hiking

One of the most relaxing trails I ever hiked. The sound of the ocean was lulling. Saw California sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, deer, whales, an eagle, squirrels, crabs, and tons of other wildlife!

Anita Simoni
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My dog Candy-Cane and I do the loop from Fishwife -- 17 mile drive -- Spanish Bay -- back almost to Asilomar. It isn't this exact trail that is mentioned but it's basically attached to it. It's probably my most favorite hike ever! There are big trees, the beautiful "Spanish Bay" golf course and of course the amazing beach! People do let there dogs off leash on the beach so be aware as some people let them come running down the trail like lunatics.

Brian C.
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Awesome views. Lots of whales.

Christine Lockhart
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Hiking

Fun hike with my dog. Trail head was not quite where my GPS said it should be. Great picnic spots among the shelter of beach rocks. Trail is super easy, but it can be made more challenging by beach walking and rock hopping.

Fbh Dff
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Nice trail but start point is wrong

Leah De Ford
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Nice trail to walk, worth a stop if you are just wanting to stroll around or have children with you. Great for older folks who don't want to scramble over rock or obstacles. It is fun to watch the surfers in Spanish bay though! A lot of seals hang out on the rocks too and the tide pools aren't bad.

James R Wilson
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Dune Boardwalk was somewhat boring as was alot of the 17 mile drive - though the coast is worth a few photo ops and short treks and is a car to car hike for sure.

Javier Baltazar
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Kyle Elshoff
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Elizaveta Girsova
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