Carmel to Morro Bay via Hwy 1 is a 119.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Carmel, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

119.8 miles
11,167 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

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Dramatic coastal cliffs and soaring mountains This 120 mile stretch of dramatic coastal cliffs and soaring mountains sometimes requires drivers to have superhuman self control to keep their eyes on the road.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Driving up the coast on Hwy 1 from San Luis Obispo to Carmel, the fog was so thick we thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. Patches of light and color opened up a few times and the yellow flowers blooming in late June added a spark. The fog was solid as we drove through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. We didn't realize the steep drop offs to the left because it was a white out, but as we drove on, the fog gradually moved out to sea, displaying a more defined coastline as we reached Carmel. One bright spot was a visit to the Hearst Castle along the way. This is definitely an awesome drive, especially with clear skies, as we came back down from Carmel another time to McWay Falls. Watch out for Poison Oak on the trails... Classic trip, not to miss!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Did Monterey all the way to Los Angeles via hwy 1 and it was amazing. Especially when you get into big sir. Passed Hearst castle. A road trip of a lifetime.

Monday, June 29, 2015

So beautiful!! Make sure you have a full gas tank!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Love, love, love this drive. Quintessential California coast.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Amazing drive. No matter the weather, you'll get great and memorable views.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

great drive and take a camera for lots of pics

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Amazing drive. Too many places to stop with great views to count. Great weather made this drive a memorial day.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beautiful coastal drive! Breathtaking cliff views, crashing surf, wildlife, beaches. This drive has it all. Fill up with gas before you go and bring snacks. Restaurants and convenience stores are few and far between.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We drove Hwy 1 in June, 1989. It was very foggy for most of the trip, and most of my pics came out dark. Beautiful drive!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Really, really, really cool drive. Worth taking lots of stops along the way

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Best coastal scenic drive on earth.

3 months ago

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Friday, November 04, 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016

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Sunday, October 05, 2014