Carmel River Camp

MODERATE 5 reviews

Carmel River Camp is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carmel Valley, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

backpacking
1 month ago

Pretty nice trip overall. Lots of poison oak, but mostly avoidable. Some ticks of course also in spring, so do periodic tick checks. Lots of overgrown weeds into the trail as you get farther in also. The 1st camp is around 5 miles from the trailhead, easily visible from the main trail. There are 2 or 3 others right across the creek. To go father than that 1st site, you will have to cross fairly shallow sections of the creek quite a few times so bring some water shoes to change into at that point. After the 1st camp there are sites every mile or so as you continue onto Carmel river trail. 1st come 1st serve sites, all u need is to take a quick quiz online and print out a fire permit. All the sites were right next to the river with nice fire rings. Went on Memorial Day weekend and still wasn’t too crowded. Lots of nice swimming holes along the river too once you get about 4 miles in.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
3 months ago