2. BIKE MAPS and Other Tools for Finding Your Way

Click here to make a contribution to Bicycling Monterey.

Click here for the portal page of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County 20-section guide.

The Harrison family, AKA Pedouins, appreciate the many car-free miles of Monterey County’s section of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.  (Photo courtesy of Steve E. Anderson)

Along with related tips,

this page features links to bicycle maps for:

  • Monterey County: As of May 2021, the most recent countywide bike map from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is the 2016 edition (refer to https://www.tamcmonterey.org/monterey-county-bike-map). TAMC anticipates that new maps will be available for distribution before May 2022. 
  • Monterey County: Below on this page are maps for the Monterey County seat and its largest city, Salinas; California State University-Monterey Bay; and Fort Ord National Monument. There are also Velo Club Monterey ride maps, and a general representation map of the 1.5 mile South Bank Trail along the Carmel River.
  • Monterey Bay region neighbors, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.
  • Central Coast counties of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.
  • San Francisco Bay area.
  • Other California bike maps.

Spanish language versions are often included.

Related tips on this page include:
  • Bike-and-ride and transit connections.
  • Definitions of types of bikeways.
  • Route tips for HER Helmet Thursdays spots.
  • Route help websites.
    To contribute to the work of the Bicycling Monterey website and projects, and for FAQs, click here.

You may be familiar with pedestrian-heavy sections of our Class I bike-pedestrian/multiuse paths near popular areas like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the wharfs.  But did you know about the wide open spaces, like this section near Fort Ord Dunes State Park?

On former Fort Ord land, there are also many miles of paved roads where cars are not allowed. See “Fort Ord National Monument” heading below for links to maps and related resources.

Pretty nice, eh?   Two lanes for bikes and a separate paved lane for pedestrians.

Once you start biking here…

You may not want to stop.  So, here are maps and other info to help keep you going!

Also on this site, see the  “Where to Bike in Monterey County” and “Serious Cyclists” sections of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide.

For additional help, refer to Bicycling Monterey’s main resources page.

Bike-and-ride to expand your territory

Not so sure how far you want to go?  Making use of the Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) buses, Amtrak train, and other transportation for you and your bike can make it easier to experience Monterey County.

MST has “Bicycle loading instructions” in their “Rider’s Guide/How to Ride/Transit Tips” section, and then refers to Bicycling Monterey’s “Bike-and-Ride” tips for more info.

You’ll also find in the “Bike-and-Ride” section some tips for Amtrak, Monterey Airbus, and other transportation helpers.

Transit connections

Bike-and-ride options that go out of the county, like Amtrak and these MST transit connections, mean you can use Monterey County as a homebase as you bike throughout the region too.  Some tips on doing that are also found in the “Bike-and-Ride” section.

Traveling to Monterey County communities of Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Sand City, Monterey, and Pacific Grove? Make use of Monterey County’s coastal trail system. The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail network.

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Since founding Bicycling Monterey in May 2009, the founder has donated well over 10,000 hours to the Bicycling Monterey projects, including this website.
Contributions to help support this public service are appreciated.

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Monterey County’s bike maps

You may be aware of the 18-mile stretch of the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, from the Castroville area to Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. It’s popular because of overall freedom from motor vehicles as well as beautiful views along the coast. And it’s part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. For the latest info on the Monterey County section, e.g.,  Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail – May 2016 update (PDF), check with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/bike-pedestrian/

Where are the other Monterey County
bikeways, and the most accurate, reliable bike maps?


Australian Carey Beebe bikes to Bach in Monterey County annually. The bikeway above, parallel to Highway 1  heading south toward Carmel, is one of the many routes he takes to multiple Carmel Bach Festival locations around the county. Because Carey has biked here for 18 summers as of 2016, he doesn’t really need a map anymore. But many visitors, and locals, do find the bike maps helpful. And of course, even experienced riders like Carey appreciate bike map revisions (like the revised county bike map in 2016) because of infrastructure changes shown.

Monterey County’s countywide bike map

As of May 2021, the most recent countywide bike map from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is the 2016 edition (refer to https://www.tamcmonterey.org/monterey-county-bike-map). TAMC anticipates that new maps will be available for distribution before May 2022. 

In addition to the map being available online as a free download on TAMC’s Bike Map page (https://www.tamcmonterey.org/monterey-county-bike-map), a free paper map is usually available, in a water-resistant, pocket-sized format. PAPER COPIES OUT OF STOCK AS OF MAY 2021.

When paper maps are again available, they can often be picked up at local visitor centers, chambers of commerce, city offices, public libraries, bicycle shops, and other locations.

TAMC’s map includes a few riding tips to help you bike safely.  For lots more on safety, see Bicycling Monterey’s “Riding Skills, Safety, and CA Bike Laws” section. 


City of Salinas bike map

The City of Salinas has its own Bicycle Facilities Map, in both English and Español (downloadable pdf, 12.59 MB). In addition, refer to a newer maps web page: http://www.cityofsalinas.org/bikeways with various viewing options. Also visit Bicycling Monterey’s Biking Salinas section for a variety of tips.
Salinas bike map

CSUMB bike map

California State University Monterey Bay has a CSUMB-specific bikeways map, and it now includes both Spanish and English text.  It also has a “Hot Destinations” guide, to help guide you to 33 popular points of interest.

bike_map_2012_final_print_spanish_1 [English y en espanol]

Check out CSUMB Tripwise on the web.Valet claim checks and bike maps

Fort Ord National Monument
Fort Ord National Monument has beautiful vistas for people biking both roads and trails. Whether you’re a roadie or a mountain biker, make use of this public land.

To access Fort Ord mountain bike trail maps—plus tips for mountain biking—visit the Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) website,  MORCAmtb.org. MORCA has a local trails section with trail maps, trail info, and trail apps: http://morcamtb.org/local-trails/

Paper maps may be available at the information kiosks throughout Fort Ord, or contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Coast Field Office to request that one be mailed to you.

Visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website: http://www.blm.gov/visit/fort-ord-national-monument

(Some or all of the following links may be broken due to BLM website redesign. For now, use their search window for updates. You may also wish to visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website, Hollister Field Office section.  Once there, go to “Maps” link (as of 1/23/13, it’s at lower right); then look at the Central Coast section. As the site says, The Fort Ord National Monument has some of the last undeveloped wild lands on the Monterey Peninsula.  There are three trail access points to 86 miles of trail for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Open daily from dawn to dusk.  Download the new (as of June 2012) map,  Fort Ord National Monument Trail Map and Fort Ord National Monument BrochureClick here for how to reach the trailheads.)

Velo Club Monterey Ride Maps

Routes regularly taken on Velo Monterey’s group rides may be accessed via the “Ride Maps” section of their website:  vcmonterey.org.  You’ll find maps for the popular “Monterey Loop” (100 miles), their Saturday Morning ride, and their No Real Job ride.  (For the latest Fort Ord map—Fort Ord is popular for road biking as well as mountain biking—refer above or to MORCAmtb.org.)

South Bank Trail – Carmel River

Here is a PDF of the South Bank Trail map, a general representation of the South Bank Trail along the Carmel River.  Visit the Big Sur Land Trust webpage, “Big Sur Land Trust Opens New Public Trail in Carmel Valley” for more information; also read Kera Abraham’s Monterey County Weekly 12/15/11 story, “Trail to Heaven.”

A link will be added here asap with my photos and tips for people biking.  (Want to see that happen sooner?  Your help makes a difference!)  Meanwhile, know that this 1.5 mile Class I trail, because of its brevity, is best suited for those who will appreciate its positive features in spite of its short length.

Have little ones who like to veer off other Class I trails? No problem for you here; there are fences on each side.

Do be aware that first you must travel the stretch of road between the (6-vehicle) parking lot and the trailhead.  Most often you will not come upon a single vehicle on this quiet road.

Map tip:  Bikeways defined

Refer to “Where to Bike in Monterey County” for definitions of the types of bikeways referred to, e.g., bike paths, lanes,  and routes, Class I, II, III, and IV.

Below: Class I bikeways include the majority of the 18-mile Monterey Bay Coastal Trail.

Ah, the magnificent bikeways of Monterey County.  Let’s keep ’em coming!

Photo below courtesy of Leo Kodl.

Monterey Bay Tri-County Region

(Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)

  1. Monterey County maps are provided above.
  2. San Benito County’s bike map: http://sanbenitorideshare.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/San-Benito-County-Bike-Map.pdf  – San Benito County maps (click here to download PDF) – The Council of Governments is San Benito County’s regional transportation planning agency.  For Council of  Governments bike projects, click here.
  3. San Benito County also has, in English and Spanish, Safe Routes to Schools brochures featuring maps of suggested bicycling and walking routes to each individual school.
  4. Santa Cruz County maps (click here, then refer to RTC Bicycle Maps) – For the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission bike projects, click here.
  5. Santa Cruz County – Also refer to People Power Santa Cruz resources – provided by the organization now known as Bike Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Transportation projects, Bike Shack in Watsonville,  Bicycle Planning, Programs, and Services at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), Ecology Action of Santa Cruz transportation resources, and Santa Cruz County Cycling Club.

Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (sccrtc.org) has a video on how to use their map.

 Additional  Central Coast bike maps

  1. Santa Barbara County – South – Also refer to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
  2. Santa Barbara County – North – Also refer to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
  3. San Luis Obispo County – Also refer to the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition and San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club

Visit the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) District 5 Bicycling page for a downloadable version of their Bicycle Touring Guide.  The CalTrans site has other bike maps and resources; click here to start exploring their site.

Headed north of the Monterey Bay area?

For the San Francisco Bay area, refer to 511.org and to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Maps en espanol–
including additional California cities and counties

Refer to the Spanish language resources on this site, found under the “Resources/Los Recursos” tab.

Other California bike maps

Pacific Coast Bike Route

The California Coastal Commission’s California Coastal Trail map includes the Pacific Coast Bike Route. Click here to learn more about the California Coastal Trail.

If you purchase a Pacific Coast Bike Route map or guide book from a resource such as Adventure Cycling Association, be aware that mistakes may sometimes appear.  (Example:  See camping section of this site.)  Ask a local.

California Bicycle Coalition

See the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike.org) Maps page.  

Below: Monterey Institute of International Studies (now Middlebury Institute) student Sue Kim is already quite at home on the bike/multi-use path.

Lisa Hoch, visiting from Eussenhausen, Germany

is backed up by her friends the Besse family of  Scotts Valley, California, as she makes her first exploration of the bikeways of Monterey.

More tips for finding your way

Many of the HER Helmet Thursdays participating locations have “bike-there tips”/route tips.  These are reliable directions tips prepared by Bicycling Monterey’s founder or by another local who bikes.

Some of these bike-there tips are very basic.  Others–e.g., Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing–are detailed. If you are biking to or nearby any of the HER Helmet Thursdays participants’ locations, you may find it helpful to check out those tips.

How? Use the HER Helmet Thursdays Quick Reference Guide, found on the Listings/FAQs page. Simply click the name of any participating business or organization, which will immediately display their details, and any bike-there route tips we’ve provided.

Route help websites

As noted in the Where to Bike in Monterey County section on this site, you may want to make use of the following:

  1. Map My Ride
  2. Bikely.com
  3. Google Maps Bicycling Directions

Be aware there are sometimes errors in these computer-generated direx.  These can be made better by knowledgeable cyclists taking time to contribute corrections and offer alternate routes.

Sharing the road in Monterey County

Related tips, including combining bike use with planes, trains, and automobiles, are in the bike-and-ride section of this site.

Motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists alike can become better informed about how to share the road more safely; refer to tips in California Bike Laws and Personal Safety.  You’ll also find links there to resources  like tips for commercial drivers around bicycles and tips for bicyclists around big trucks and buses.

The American Automobile Association acknowledges that bicycling is another way people travel.  Check out the photo on the front of their Monterey Peninsula-Salinas Valley map.  Thanks to AAA for reminding drivers of the presence of bicyclists on our roads.

If you’re a AAA member, let them know you want bicyclists roadside service in California too, as is offered in Oregon, Washington, and southern Idaho.