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Point Pinos Trail
Project OverviewThe Point Pinos Trail project will address a 0.8 mile stretch of coastline in the City of Pacific Grove generally known as Point Pinos. Currently, the California Coastal Trail (CCT) exists along the entire coast of the City of Monterey and along three of the four miles of the City of Pacific Grove’s coast, except at Point Pinos. The Point Pinos Trail Project will complete the CCT in this 0.8-mile segment by developing a 5-foot wide decomposed granite coastal trail within a natural setting seaward of Ocean View Boulevard. The coastal trail will connect from the existing curbside trail near Acropolis Street west and extend to the Great Tide Pool site. The project locates the trail outside the 30-year coastal retreat setback line, except where moving the trail beyond this line is constrained by Ocean View Boulevard. In these cases, the trail will be along the north side of the road, such as along Crespi Pond.

PROJECT HISTORYThis project is the culmination of years of public feedback, design, and engineering. The project began in 2012 as a general concept by the Recreation Board. Since its inception, the project has made tremendous progress. Project milestones include:

  • June 2017 - Completion of the Point Pinos Trail Plan and Coastal Study

  • December 2017 - City Council approval of the Mitigated Negative Declaration

  • April 2018 - Receipt of a Coastal Development Permit Waiver from the California Coastal Commission

  • February 2020 - Completion of construction drawings and specifications

  • May 2020 - Release of a request for construction bids

  • January 2020 - Award of construction contract

  • March 2020 - Award of a construction management contract

FundingPoint Pinos Funders

This multi-million dollar project is funded by:

  • The City of Pacific Grove
  • The California State Coastal Conservancy via the California Climate Investments’ Green House Gas Initiative Fund
  • The California Natural Resource Agency, and 
  • The Transportation Agency of Monterey County
Project TeamProject Team Point Pinos
This project was designed and engineered by TrailPeople. Construction is being performed by Monterey Peninsula Engineering with construction management oversight by Zander Designs. 

Construction Timeline

Construction commenced in April 2021. Construction will occur in phases and is anticipated to span a year.  Please expect temporary phased closures of turnouts and/or detours during construction.

Construction Phase I - SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE
Phase I of construction entailed addressing the easternmost end of the trail segment and the Asilomar and Acropolyis turnouts. 
Construction Phase II - UNDERWAY! 
Phase II of construction includes the installation of the boardwalk across from Crespi Pond and improvements at the Foghorn Turnout. The Foghorn turnout will be closed to facilitate construction. 

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