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Asilomar State Beach

Known for its distinctive white sand, Asilomar State Beach, in Pacific Grove, is about a mile long, with Sunset Drive and the California Coastal Trail behind it. This stretch of the Coastal Trail is composed of, intermittently, a boardwalk, firmly packed material, and soft sand. It offers some wheelchair access, although blowing sand and severe cross-slopes in some...
Known for its distinctive white sand, Asilomar State Beach, in Pacific Grove, is about a mile long, with Sunset Drive and the California Coastal Trail behind it. This stretch of the Coastal Trail is composed of, intermittently, a boardwalk, firmly packed material, and soft sand. It offers some wheelchair access, although blowing sand and severe cross-slopes in some places along the boardwalk can be a hindrance. It’s well worth a visit, to take in the great views from an accessible deck with benches, to listen and watch waves leaping and crashing over rocks, and perhaps spot some harbor seals, California sea lions, and sea otters. Guided nature walks are offered by State Parks, free of charge. Check for times at the registration building (Social Hall) on the conference grounds. You can also rent bicycles and borrow a beach wheelchair (reservations required) at the store inside the registration building, and pick up a leaflet describing dune plants.

Asilomar Conference Grounds, at the northeast end of the beach, is part of the state beach. The conference center was designed by architect Julia Morgan and built between 1919 and 1928. Eleven of her original buildings remain, the largest collection of Morgan's architecture in one location. The grounds, restrooms, restaurant, and gift shop are open to the public. An accessible boardwalk travels from the conference grounds to the beach and over sand dunes, offering a rare close-up glimpse of a dune restoration project.
 

Trail/Pathway Details

Conference Grounds Dune Boardwalk

Trailhead: The most level entrance within the conference grounds is between the chapel and barbecue/picnic area.

Length: Under one mile total

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentle

Terrain: Hard

Although the boardwalk is a hard surface, the segment through the dunes has ripples and is quite bumpy.

Description

The name Asilomar is derived from the Spanish words for refuge (asilo) and sea (mar). After you take a tranquil stroll through the dunes, you will agree that the name fits. Along the way, you’ll find an ongoing dune restoration project and also get a glimpse of what the Monterey Bay area was like prior to development. From...
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Coast Trail

Trailhead: Jewel Avenue at Sunset Avenue

Length: Under one mile total

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentle

Terrain: Firm

Obstacles: Some transitions from hard-packed material to boardwalk may have a lip greater than 2 inches. Assistance may be needed in areas with deep sand and severe cross-slopes.

Description

Several trail access points are along Sunset Avenue. To enjoy the longest accessible stretch (under .5 mile), start at Jewell Avenue. If you go north from Jewell you will soon come to a lovely covered overlook with benches, where you can spend hours watching marine animals playing in the ocean. The trail continues a little farther, then curves...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: Yes

Pick up at the registration building (Phoebe Hearst Social Hall). It may be used on site or taken to other local beaches if you are able to transport it. Reservations: 831-372-8016. Spaces are along Sunset Drive at Jewell, Arena, and Pico Avenues. However, space for deploying a wheelchair lift is tight. One parking space is next to the registration building on the conference grounds. Park here if you are borrowing the beach wheelchair. With a disabled parking placard, you can disregard the 10-minute limit. In the conference center registration building (Phoebe Hearst Social Hall)
Next to registration building
Viewing platform near Jewell Ave.
Viewing platform near Jewell Ave. (Dan Hill)

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  • Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • bicycling
  • hiking
  • picnic

Additional Information

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Website: www.parks.ca.gov
Managing Agency: California State Parks
Address: Asilomar Conference Center, 800 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove
Nearest City: Pacific Grove
Phone: (831) 646-6440 or (831) 372-8016
Hours: Trails and beach always open
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
No pets in conference center buildings
Public Transportation: Monterey Salinas Transit 
Useful Links:  Asilomar Conference Center
Reviewed by Ann Sieck, April 10, 2008
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