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.

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.

3 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.

6 months ago

Still closed (5/27/17)

7 months ago

Lovely walk for kids and family

7 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 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.

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!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Make sure to wear good shoes! Hike was steep in the beginning but it's doable. Gorgeous view coming back down. Definitely worth the pain!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Hard hike for an East coast hiker who's use to shade the whole time. I recommend going clockwise for the loop so you are in the forest and shade at the end of the hike vs getting blasted with sun when you go clockwise and are tired. Decent will be steep either way.

Poison oak was pretty prevalent in the lower area and my wife and I missed the right off the main road to start the loop so we hiked and extra 1/2 mile through it

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

steep, challenging hike but fantastic views.
make certain to do the full loop or you will miss the forested half that goes along the river.
WARNING: wear proper hiking boots and a walking stick as descents can be very difficult to maintain footing.

Monday, May 30, 2016

I really like this trail because there are spots in it where there are separate trails that branch off of the main one that are a little harder and they're a lot of fun if you're up for it! it gets kinda sketchy at parts but as long as you're careful it's all good. and the view is really awesome!!!

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