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California Coastal Trail Planning – What Does it Mean for Monterey County?

Did you know there is an effort underway to create a trail that runs the entire coast of California? In fact, this effort has been officially underway since 1999 when Governor Davis designated the California Coastal Trail (CCT) as California’s Millennium Legacy Trail.

Though the CCT route through Monterey is still under development, parts of the proposed route can be reviewed on the CCT website’s Monterey County web page. MORCA invites all trail users to consider subscribing to the CCT newsletter for updates and getting engaged with some of the local organizations that are helping to steer this ambitious route and project: Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District, California State Parks, Los Padres National Forest, Community Association of Big Sur, Coastal Conservancy, and more.

The California Coastal Trail is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline. Since its founding in 1983, Coastwalk/California Coastal Trail Association (CCTA) has been dedicated to many facets of seeing the California Coastal Trail and broad public-access to the coastline fully realized.

For those less familiar with trail advocacy and the planning and coordination behind outdoor recreation projects, CCT can be a case study in how much time and work is involved. This is where the CCT is truly in a league of its own. The trail crosses 18 counties and involves countless landowners and land management agencies. Indeed, a monumental trail requires a monumental collaboration.

MORCA is already engaged with the CCT network and collaborating agencies. We look forward to providing updates as this exciting trail project evolves in Monterey County.