Day Hikes on the California Central Coast
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
There really is not a prettier stretch of coast line in all of Northern / Central California. I will argue with you late into the evening about this as this trail, which starts right behind the Aquarium and leads all the way out to Lucas Point, is an experience worth checking out. You basically stroll down a paved (very easy / no elevation) trail and just gaze the entire time. This is literally right on the coast (very reminiscent of Half Moon Bay's Coastal Trail) and it is one gorgeous view after another. The reason this trail gets only four out of five stars from me is because of the people. The beauty of the Monterey Coastline is no secret and therefore there are scores and scores of people all over with really no chance in any direction of breaking free for a moment's peace. However, get past that point and you can see seals, sea otters, birds of all kinds, whales (if you are lucky -- which we glimpsed ever so quickly), and just about any other species known to live on the coast. This is one to see and experience because it provides a good solid 5 mile walk with incredible knock-you-over views.
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