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Wild Recovery
San Jose, California
January 15, 2005
Monterey
Monterey Recreation Trail
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Monterey Recreation Trail, August 29 2004, photo by Tom L.

January 15, 2005
  Monterey
Monterey Recreation Trail

The Place
Our host Joe K, has a nice winter hike mapped out for us along the magnificent California coastline.  We picked this location because there is an NA convention going on this weekend in the area. If you have not joined us yet on any of our hikes this would indeed be a great time to give it a try. Not only is this a flat hike, but it is mostly on paved asphalt. We are going to give this one a difficulty level rating of 1.5. The Monterey Recreational Trail goes from Pacific Grove through Monterey all the way to Marina, a total of about 16 miles. We will only travel about 4 of those miles one way and back the same trail. The trail is quite populated with other travelers including joggers, cyclist, and dog walkers, and we also have to cross some automobile intersections.

Monterey Recreation Trail, August 2004, photo by Tom L.,TomL@wildrecovery.org

Walking the walk
We will begin as always at 10:00 am sharp. We will meet at the boat named Francesca (pictured below) found at the intersection of Del Monte and Washington ave. The main parking lot entrance to Fisherman's Wharf. We will follow the paved trail about one mile passing by Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row down to Pacific Grove. There are spots from erosion that cause us to travel on the street for short distances , so please use caution for cars coming up from behind us. A little over 3 miles in, we arrive at Lovers Point, a great meeting place for us.  If the weather is nice and the group wants to go a little further we can continue on to Point Pinos, another 1.5 miles. And if not we will end our hike going back the same way we came in, finishing at Fisherman's Wharf. A total of 6.5 miles or about 8 miles if we decide to go the longer route. We tried to make this a loop but were unsuccessful. A beautiful hike however

Monterey Recreation Trail, August 2004, photo by Tom L., TomL@wildrecovery.org

Know before you go

We are hoping for clear skies and brisk temperatures, however it never hurts to come prepared for the worst. A waterproof poncho is always a smart thing to bring with you. Walking this close to the ocean in January we will no doubt feel the water even if it doesn't rain. So please consider bringing the following if not for your comfort maybe someone else's: waterproof poncho, rain paints, rainboots, snacks, water, warm containers of coffee and an appetite for recovery.  Dogs are OK on a leash only!

Looking ahead

Lots of good stuff in our future. If you like the wildlife we get to see on our walks you are sure to love the whale watching trip February 12, 2005.  Please check back for more updated information.


Monterey Recreation Trail, August 2004, photo by Tom L.,TomL@wildrecovery.org


Wildlife
During our walk we will be sure to see much wildlife including sea lions, sea otters, pelicans, sea gulls, albatross, squirrels and  whatever strange creatures live in the tide pools. Please remember not to feed or disturb any of the wildlife we encounter on our walk. Not only is it a hazard to them, it could be a violation in some areas that could prevent us from returning. If the weather is good and we have clear skies it is not unheard of to spot whales or even dolphins in the bay.


Monterey Recreation Trail, August 2004, photo by Tom L., TomL@wildrecovery.org

Getting There

From San Jose and San Francisco [from north] : Take Hwy 101 south, take Hwy 156 West [sign: Monterey Peninsula], take Hwy 1 South.
From Los Gatos or Santa Cruz take Hwy 17 to Hwy 1 south follow the signs to Monterey. We are meeting at Fisherman's Wharf so parking is available at the Wharf but not to affordable. We found a better choice at the intersection of Washington and Franklin.

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