Soberanes Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

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Soberanes Canyon Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

4.7 miles
1637 feet



nature trips

trail running







wild flowers




no dogs

The most spectacular part of the hike is through the Soberanes Canyon where the trail is flanked on both sides by impressive redwoods. Once you leave the redwoods and get above treeline, it isn't the immediate scenery that captivates, but rather the panoramic views. These views are typically obscured facing west due to the blanket of fog and mist that unfolds over the coast. Turn your back 180 degrees and you are likely greeted by sunlit views of Carmel valley.

8 days ago

Still closed

1 month ago

i think it might still be closed. i've hiked it at least 50 times. The first part is full of cacti on the left and the creek on the right. It then turns into a luminous green paradise of fern and redwoods. one time i saw a huge ladybug hatch, probably 40 sq. feet, magnificent yet a little creepy.
There are beautful chiseled log steps in sections. The sounds of birds and the babbling creek are an extra treat! After you crawl up more washed out steps at the half way it turns into open scrub. The ocean view ahead makes it all worthwhile. This is a must do when it opens!

1 month ago

Very steep and challenging but 100% worth it.

1 month ago

Start out going right and you will walk alongside the canyon with gorgeous views of small waterfalls. Great variety of terrain and strenuous to burn a good amount of calories. Definitely worth the effort to the top!

6 months ago

Did this hike in April 2016. The hike and scenery were fantastic with the wild flowers in full bloom. The back half of the trail was severely eroded. It resulted in gullies that made it dangerous and more difficult than it actually was. Poles a must.

9 months ago

Still closed (5/27/17)

9 months ago

Lovely walk for kids and family

10 months ago

Awesome trail. Unexpectedly difficult towards the end, but the views were definitely worth it!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

love this trail, but anyone know how long it will be closed?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Closed for now and the next few months.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Missing one of my favorite places....Fastest time for me was 1:03 I was so close to breaking an hour

Sunday, August 28, 2016

One of the best trails ever. The views are majestic. It's quite hard.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This is my favorite trail in the whole world. It's challenging but well worth it. Make sure you have great shoes with good threads or be prepared to slide down the mountain. It can also get cold and windy any time of the year. Dogs are NOT allowed -- please respect the signs.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The northern side of the trail is very washed out, we went counter clockwise around the trail and came down on that side. It may be easier to go up that direct as it was hard to get a good foothold while coming down. Over half of the trail is in the sun so be prepared. There was also an almost vertical climb down in the redwoods.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Second time doing the loop and the second time was a lot easier!! Great hiking Trail! The Ocean breeze is amazing

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great mix of red wood trees, open barren hills and nice little streams. It can be strenuous hike for a non experienced hiker. The view from the highest point which is close to 1880 feet is amazing. Do carry a lot of water as during summer days you will get dehydrated really fast during the climb. You will also find tons of lizards, cactus and poison ivy, so be careful.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Once at the top , the views are killer! Beautiful everywhere you look. Definitely need good shoes and a lot of water! There are some VERY steep spots .

Sunday, July 03, 2016

It was fun. Definitely, a good workout.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This is such beautiful hike but can be difficult. The Rocky Ridge Trail is badly eroded so be careful coming down. Still lots of wildflowers both top and bottom. Brinig lots of water and be mindful of cooling the dog if you bring it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The trail was rough on some parts but doable. The view was so worth it!

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