Snivley's Ridge Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

Snivley's Ridge Trail is a 14.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carmel Valley, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
14.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3966 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

wild flowers

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21 days ago

Beautiful views of the Monterey Bay once you get to the top of the ridge. And if you take the fern trail nonstop straight up the middle, you'll get a nice leg pump! It's about 3 miles from the visitor center to the top of the ridge taking that route.
When you get to the top of the Fern trail where it meets the ridge you"ll spot the sign that says Snively's ridge (with arrows pointing both ways), Take a right (west) and continue up along the top of the ridge another half mile and that's where you'll find the views of the entire Monterey bay and Carmel Valley.

On your return back down from that Vista point I recommend NOT taking a left down that same Fern Trail but instead continuing straight ahead (East,passing the sign on your left) and on past Snively's ancient Corral and stay on that trail which will take you down to the Mesa pond.
Just below the pond (200 feet) you will find three separate fresh clean water stations-for dogs, horses and people. And: then continue on down via choosing the scenic Waterfall Trail which will take you back down to the main meadow and on to the visitor center and out to the parking lot.
That's approximately a 7 mile loop and a little over 1,800 feet in elevation gain that can easily be done in four hours while including stopping for lunch, plus water breaks and photo opportunities.

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3 months ago

definitely heed the parks advice and bring double the water you'd normally bring to the same length hike elsewhere.

really fabulous views throughout, will probably try it again in a different season. amazing wildflowers in each of the different zones the trail crosses through.

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7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful set of trails that takes you up to the very top of the mountain (the ridge). Lots of oak trees covered in Spanish moss make this steep incline not only gorgeous, but it provides good cool shade to make the 2,100 foot incline better. We did most of the trail that was suggested including the down-and-back on the actual Snivley's Ridge Trail. All in all we got just over 12 miles down and enjoyed every bit of it! So many wildflowers and green growth in the area and beautiful views of Pebble Beach and Carmel Valley as well as Moss Landing can be seen from most view points.

Bring lots of water, take your trash with you, and keep the trail clean for more hikers and adventurers who will follow.

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7 months ago

Fantastic trail, well maintained. Gorgeous, hard-earned vistas - tough climb as very steep up (15% grade) and down. About a 6.5 mile round trip hike. Our dogs loved it and are now out for the count!

8 months ago

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8 months ago

This is a great hike. Plan on a fair amount of elevation gain. The trail names don't all match up, but follow the map and you'll get there. If you can, follow it to the old Fire Tower and grab a snack on the benches.

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9 months ago

We hiked the short cut trail from the visitors center to maple canyon to fern trail to deer trail to sky trail to snivley's ridge to the summit, then back down Snivley Ridge to mesa to waterfall then back to the visitors center on lupine trail. This made for a large loop and no almost no back tracking! Our favorite. The Sky Trail and Snivley Ridge were very steep, but dry even with the recent heavy rain. We saw all ages on the steepest parts of the trail. We enjoyed walking through oak forests and views of the bay and ocean from the summit. The waterfall was lovely and flowing! The Sage Trail was closed between Fern and Sky requiring us to re-route. Meeting other people was rare on Snivley Ridge and Sky Trail.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016