Pinyon Peak Loop

HARD 17 reviews

Pinyon Peak Loop is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel Valley Village, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from January until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2962 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Follow this loop to amazing views of the Monterey Peninsula and Camel Valley. A quick warm-up leads you into a continuous climb until the top. Several trails will lead you up, so pick which one you like on either AllTrails, or stop at the visitor center to reference a map of the park. Find a trail that will take you to Sky trail then follow that until you reach Snivley's Ridge. Follow Snivley's Ridge as it heads west along the ridge line towards Pinyon Peak, and the old fire lookout tower. Once at the tower, enjoy a snack on one of the picnic benches provided before beginning your decent back towards the valley below.

5 days ago

Beautiful views, nice in autumn. The peak ascent is steep.

hiking
25 days ago

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25 days ago

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2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

The small trail that breaks off from the ridge and leads to the watch tower is a little more challenging than some reviews suggest, at least if you go to the left at the fork. If you go right, it's much more enjoyable...trust me. Otherwise, great views make the last little bit worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

A great hike! Wide well maintained trails for the most part make it easy to keep a good pace. From the ridge to the tower, the trail narrows and gets fairly step but this is only for about .5 miles. The tower is locked to the public but the view is still excellent!

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful hike with good workout on the ascent!

5 months ago

Epic hike but road noise knocks off the fifth star

5 months ago

Got it all up here, amazing views, exhilarating climb, dog friendly, difficult section at end near tower, and plenty of interconnecting trails to extend your day! Sucks, don't go!! Lol

6 months ago

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7 months ago

7 months ago

Last part that transitions from Snivley's Ridge to the fire lookout is a bit rough and tough to follow in spots, but worth the extra effort.

hiking
7 months ago

Follow this loop to amazing views of the Monterey Peninsula and Camel Valley. A quick warm-up leads you into a continuous climb until the top. Several trails will lead you up, so pick which one you like on either AllTrails, or stop at the visitor center to reference a map of the park. Find a trail that will take you to Sky trail then follow that until you reach Snivley's Ridge. Follow Snivley's Ridge as it heads west along the ridge line towards Pinyon Peak, and the old fire lookout tower. Once at the tower, enjoy a snack on one of the picnic benches provided before beginning your decent back towards the valley below.

hiking
7 months ago