Mountain Biking, Fort Ord Public Lands
See our article on Monterey County's Top 10 Bike Rides for specific routes, ranging from novice to expert!
If you want to get to know what the Monterey locals love, trade in your car for a bike. With miles upon miles of bike lanes, waterfront trails and off-road tracks, you can go exactly where you want to go, while getting some exercise at the same time! Hop on the popular Recreation Trail, stretching 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat at Fisherman's Wharf, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On weekdays, bicyclists can enter Del Monte Forest free of charge. Considered one of the top 100 places to ride a bike in America, a cruise along 17-Mile Drive takes you by dozens of glamorous mansions and manicured golf courses of Pebble Beach.
Garland Park in Carmel Valley and Toro Park in Salinas offer mountain bikers hundreds of off-road options for tearing it up. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also maintains miles of trails on the former Fort Ord Army Base, in and around Marina and Seaside.
While it may not be as fast, getting around on two wheels is often easier than four. Whether you bring your own, or rent once you arrive, cruising around the county on two wheels offers a whole new perspective-plus, you'll enjoy your dessert all that much more!
What is a Surrey?
Surreys are four-wheeled, canopy-covered cycles that are perfect for friends and families who want to ride together, as riders sit side-by-side. They are outfitted with a steering wheel and two sets of bicycle pedals. Easy to handle, surreys are definitely the answer for families with small children who want to enjoy the waterfront area together. Two-, four- and six-person surreys for use along the Recreation Trail can be rented at Adventures by the Sea and Blazing Saddles on Cannery Row.
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