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Great, leisurely hike with young children. Gather acorns along the way and mash them up with a rock at the big stone they have that the Native Americans used. My kids loooooved this. See photos. Look for the buckeye seeds and acorns. My 6 year old was thrilled. Really interesting signs that educate about the plants and the brilliant methods employed by the native Americans to use the plants. Watch out for poison oak. Also, half way through the trail you have to walk for a few hundred yards on the Mesa trail to continue on to the buckeye trail.

We took our three kids on a hike weaving through the buckeye nature trail to the waterfall. Things are dry right now because of the drought and therefore, no waterfall. However, the dry basin under the area where the water usually falls was very interesting for my children. The nature trail was interesting and gave really cool facts about Native American acorn and buckeye uses. Lots of people with dogs. Great place to hike with dogs and kids. Getting to the waterfall is QUiCK! Not 3 miles. However, you can keep hiking up beyond it.

Beautiful hike! But do NOT follow directions from this app. It takes you 1.5 hours in the wrong direction and you arrive at a private residence. Type in Botchers Gap parking lot in Carmel in Google Maps and you'll get to the parking lot. Day use fee of $5. Hike takes 4-4.5 hours and is beautiful with lots of oaks and Madrones. The first Peak is the one with the great views (Devils Peak) but the extra mile to Mt Carmel is really fun. Not many hikers around and s true feeling of being in the wilderness. Recommend!

Good beginner trail. No water , so not as spectacular as it could have been. A few spots got your heart going.

Went solo hiking. Gorgeous views.

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2 months ago

Ample parking. Dog and horse friendly. Sun and shade. Wide enough trails to walk side by side. Nice loop!

steep hike with great Vistas overlooking Carmel Valley. very sunny so bring spf

Great trail, beautiful view

Lupine to Waterfall to Mesa back to Lupine= 4.5 miles with the family! 6yr old fared well considering. 12 and 16 yr olds semi jogged and hiked and dragged. Was nice to run downhill Mesa Trail. Caught just a trickle from the Waterfall but scenic nonetheless! Highly recommended: (with a couple pocketfuls of almonds and 40 oz water at least).

It was a nice trail, but we lost it during the creek crossing. We must have crossed both creeks when we were only supposed to cross one? Sort of hard to follow the map there. Other than that, it was an easy ten miles

8 months ago

Nice hike. No waterfall to see right now.

We hiked this trail with 4 adults and 4 kids under the age of 5 (granted, none of the children walked the entire way). It had a few modest inclines and declines and offered spectacular views of the valley and the redwoods were amazing. All season bridges we passable, even with moderate rain fall in recent weeks. This trail is definitely a keeper for us.

Amazing!

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10 months ago

Did a 20-mile roundtripper from Los Padres dam up the Carmel River trail, to the apparently now-defunct Puerto Suello trail (it's on my Trails Illustrated but not on Alltrails!), then down the Ventana and Big Pines Trails. Really beautiful area. The trails can be tough to follow at time, as they're really overgrown in places, but the views make up for it. From the Ventana Trail you can see the ocean! The Carmel River is really beautiful, also, so lush it reminded me of being home back East!

Easy and good for the dog !

hiking
11 months ago

This is a good heart pumping, sweat generating climb. Good trail to keep in shape