Carmel River Trail to Carmel River Camp

MODERATE 17 reviews

Carmel River Trail to Carmel River Camp is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carmel Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. 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

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

This trail is mostly exposed to full sun and sunscreen is recommended. The trail disappears about 2 miles in when the trail drops down to meet the creek for the first time. Stay to the right of the main creek and look behind a small camp clearing. The trail resumes right behind a large tree and is hard to find. Once found, the rest of the trail is very easy to follow. The second half of the trail is very narrow with steep drops at times. Not recommended for trail running, small children, or dogs who are not experienced hikers.

3 months ago

Poison oak. Lots of it. Brought the dog and I wish I hadn’t. Trail disappears after first crossing. Not for beginners and even though it is “dog-friendly” I highly DO NOT recommend bringing Fido.

5 months ago

Did the out and back today. Trail disappears about 2 miles in when the trail drops down to meet the creek for the first time. Stay to the right of the main creek and look behind a small camp clearing. The trail resumes right behind a large tree and is hard to find. Once found the rest of the trail is very easy to follow and I got right to the river camp. Trail is mostly exposed to full sun so bring sunscreen. Second half of the trail is very narrow with steep drops at times. Would not recommend trail running or small children. Camps looked great and I took a long swim. Totally worth it.

backpacking
7 months 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.

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