Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way

California

Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way Facts

States: California
Counties: Monterey
Length: 1.9 miles
Trail end points: Del Monte Blvd. at Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course and 17 Mile Drive at the Links at Spanish Bay
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Woodchips
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6378186
Trail activities: Mountain Biking, Walking

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Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way Description

The Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way passes through residential neighborhoods on the west side of Pacific Grove, providing a nice walking and biking spot for residents and visiting tourists to the area. The trail is still owned by Union Pacific—successor to the Southern Pacific Railroad—and is an unimproved dirt path with wood chips in some locations.

The trail passes through the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course, crosses Lighthouse Boulevard and then runs through forested neighborhoods before crossing Sunset Drive. The final stretch of trail leads to 17 Mile Drive along the Links at Spanish Bay golf course.

Along its route, the trail provides access to the Asilomar Conference Grounds and other trails that lead to the beach. From the trail's northern endpoint, take Jewell Avenue to reach the paved Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, which continues northeast on the same former Southern Pacific corridor through Monterey to Castroville.

Parking and Trail Access

There are no facilities along the trail and parking is limited to street parking, which is plentiful in the area. Be sure to obey any posted parking restrictions.

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