Pinyon Peak Loop

HARD 28 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
2641 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.

hiking
8 days ago

Epic views from the top.

hiking
18 days ago

Wear shoes with good traction, and use walking sticks if you have bad knees. Two picnic tables at the peak for picnic. Just need to bring the food and drinks up. Had a wonderful lunch there.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow what a great hike. There were a few spots, especially right before the top, where the trails were barely managed so make sure to stay on the parts that are clear unless you like climbing over boulders and feeling like you’re lost. Bring lots of water and snacks. This trip took us almost 5 hours and we did take a few breaks. It got very chilly at the tower too. All in all a very cool hike...but man, we are absolutely exhausted.

2 months ago

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

6 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
6 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!

7 months ago

Beautiful hike with good workout on the ascent!

7 months ago

Epic hike but road noise knocks off the fifth star

7 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

9 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
9 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.

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