Coastal Trail Working Group

Coastal Trail Working Group

In 2001, Senate Bill (SB) 908 was enacted which required the creation of a trail along the entire 1300 miles of the California coast linking the Oregon border and Mexico.

Understanding that the trail would be constructed through their community, a Big Sur citizens group developed a planning process for the California Coastal Trail through Big Sur.  Their goal was to develop a process that allowed the community to create a trail that "protects the ecosystems of the Big Sur Coast, and the Big Sur community, for the benefit of our visitors, residents, and landowners alike.”  The democratic, “bottom up” grassroots effort took eight months to develop a planning process, but created a process whereby everyone in the community took part. 

Since November 2009, the Coastal Trail Working Group has held regular meetings to reach consensus on a Coastal Trail Planning Process for the area that stretches from Carmel Highlands in the North down along the coast through Big Sur to the Monterey County line and participants include: 

  • Representatives from the Big Sur, Carmel Highlands, and South Coast Communities
  • Coastal Commission
  • Coastwalk California
  • State Parks
  • CalTrans
  • US Forest Service
  • Ventana Conservation Trust
  • Transportation Agency of Monterey County
  • State Coastal Conservancy
  • Monterey County Planning Dept.
  • Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
  • California Native Plant Society
  • Association of Monterey
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance
  • CalFire

The Coastal Trail Working Group has worked diligently to make sure the concerns of the community and the agencies are addressed in the proposal.  At this time, the Group is seeking  approval from the broader Big Sur community for the process in order to move forward with the next steps in the planning process.

The Proposed Process for Writing the Master Plan for the Big Sur Portion of the California Coastal Trail is available for viewing.  You may also request a copy by sending an e-mail to or calling Nicole at Senator Monning's office at 831-657-6315.

To View the Latest Version of the Community Proposal for the Coastal Trail Planning Process, please visit the following link:

Community Proposal (PDF)

Comments and Feedback

For questions or for more information, please contact Nicole Charles at Senator Monning's Office at or (831) 657-6315

Useful Links

Coastal Conservancy - Draft Existing Conditions Maps
SB 908 (Chesbro)
Big Sur Collaborative