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Pine Valley Miller Canyon Trail

HARD 8 reviews
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Pine Valley Miller Canyon Trail is a 22 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel Valley Village, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 22.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,977 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers




over grown



washed out

16 days ago

Trail is beautiful but after the 5th mile clockwise effectively closed. It’s very hard to advance, the trail is overgrown and easy to lose, and there is towards the 8th mile a tricky landslide that I would recommend ropes to safely cross. We were able to get to Hiding Canyon Campground but wouldn’t do it again.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The trail from the Carmel River to Miller Canyon Camp is clear and flagged. From Miller Canyon Camp to Jeffery Road below China Camp on the Tassajara Road the trail is flagged with some obstacles. If you lose the trail you should stop and find the flagging, one would think that the trail would follow the drainage but the trail is well away from the Miller drainage above Miller Canyon Camp. Miller Canyon is a beautiful little visited canyon, Thank you Ventana Wilderness Alliance volunteers for your work on Ventana Wilderness trails.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Pine Valley is a gem of the Ventana Wilderness, with huge grassy meadows, Ponderosa Pines, and sand stone cliffs. In the valley near the campsite there is a small cabin in a private inholding built by Jack English in 1978, Jack turned 93 in June 2012 and still lives in Pine Valley today. A great side trip is to hike down the stream (the head waters of the Carmel River) to Pine Valley falls. The hike to Pine Valley starts on the Pine Ridge trailhead at China Camp on Tassajara Road and is about five and one half miles to Pine Valley. The trail is moderately difficult into Pine Valley but strenuous returning to China Camp. You can day hike to Pine Valley but I recommend an overnight trip so you have time to explore the valley and falls. Please leave no trace of your visit to the Ventana Wilderness.

Friday, November 27, 1998

As a solo backpacking trip in late November, this was a wonderful way to get away from it all. Although I hiked this over the Thanksgiving vacation, I saw a total of five people. I hiked this loop counter-clockwise spending the first night at Clover Basin Camp. The fall colors were on display and the night was expectedly damp being so close to the river. The second day was filled with many stream crossings and lots of insects. Each time you cross the stream can be like entering a slightly different world with it's own little ecosystem. After one crossing, I entered a ladybug breeding ground where every piece of vegetation was covered. When deciding were to spend the second night, I thought it would be best to start the ascent East and up the Carmel River Trail away from the damp surroundings instead of heading towards Round Rock Camp. I slept on a flat dry grassy patch along the ridgeline where the breeze was able to dry out my belongings. Day three was a dry climb back to China Camp and a return to society.

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