Big Sur/Monterey/Carmel, CA

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

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A former Army training facility, this California State Park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. From the parking area, visitors may also take a stroll on the new boardwalk to a bluff top viewing platform. Educational panels inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. Existing park roads are open to runners, bicyclists, hikers, and dogs on leash.

There are several miles of roads and trails in the park that are good for running and cycling. The beach is also runnable, with good firm sand, though depending on tides and currents, the grade of the beach can turn into a steep “shelf.” As always, the best conditions for running are at low tide.


  • Several miles of trails in park
  • Park entrance at the 8th Street overcrossing of Hwy 1.