Soberanes Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 118 reviews
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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 moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1827 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

4 months ago

Still closed (5/27/17)

walking
5 months ago

Lovely walk for kids and family

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

hiking
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.

hiking
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 .