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New Meetup: Thursday Evening Walk: Asilomar Beach to Spanish Bay (Pacific Grove)

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Sent on: Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:50 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group!

What: Thursday Evening Walk: Asilomar Beach to Spanish Bay (Pacific Grove)

When: Tuesday, October 5,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $1.00 per person

Where: Pacific Grove
Corner of Lighthouse & Asilomar Avenues
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Since Maria and I will be out of the country for our Himalayan trekking expedition, Amy has graciously volunteered to lead this after-work / evening hike along Pacific Grove's famous stretch of coastline: Asilomar Beach to Spanish Bay. This hike will yield 5.25 miles and about 200 feet of cumulative elevation gain.

Corner of Lighthouse & Asilomar Avenues
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Directions: In Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Ave. west until it ends at Asilomar Ave.
(Curbside street parking available)

NOTE: The sun will be setting at 6:45 p.m. with civil twilight ending at 7:10 p.m. This means it will LIKELY be dark as we near the end of our hike. Please bring headlamps and/or flashlights so that you may safely illuminate the foot path ahead of you as we make our way back to the cars.

Since there will be only minimal elevation gain on this trek we will try to maintain between 2.5 to 3.0 mph average pace. Everyone is encouraged to maintain their own individual paces within his/her comfort limits however the group goal is to work up to a 3 mph average pace. Since this is a group hike, we will pause at major street and/or trail junctions to wait for everyone to regroup.

Our route will take us along portions of paved road, dirt trail, sandy beaches, and well-graded foot paths adjacent to well manicured golf courses. We'll start out in the far western section of Pacific Grove and hike along a portion of the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail that parallels Sunset Drive. We'll turn off Sunset and walk onto the beaches of Spanish Bay following a continuation of the coastal trail until we reach a section of 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. At this point, we'll loop back around the Spanish Bay golf course and return to our starting point via the old Southern Pacific right-of-way which has been converted to a "greenpath", or nature trail.

Walk will commence promptly at 10 minutes past the posted start time.

Hike Route: Asilomar Beach to Spanish Bay

Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means being prepared with adequate hiking gear and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more information regarding safety, please refer to the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group "About" section for more details.

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