Soberanes Canyon Trail

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Soberanes Canyon Trail is a 4.5 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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

As of June 2018, the Rocky Ridge portion of this trail is closed. Visitors can still hike 1.5 miles into the canyon on the Soberanos Canyon Trail. Updated information can be found here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=579 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
5 days ago

We got there at 8:30am and parking was good. The views are really pretty and lots of change of scenery but a lot of the trial is overgrown. After about a mile there is a trail closure sign ...but we went anyways . It also gets really windy at the top. Overall it was a great/ challenging hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Incredible views from 1900 feet above sea-level. This trail is not for the faint hearted and will jack you up on the 2.5 mile incline and the 2 mile decline. This day we were above the fog at 1k feet but on our decline found the monterey bay in its spectacular glory. Wild flowers ate a bloom right now so it's a great time to hit this trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Incredible trail, was unable to record because I was only visiting California. This trail is a must do, it says it’s closed but you can still access the whole trail. Lots of elevation and breath taking views. A 100% must do!

hiking
16 days ago

LOVE this trail! Beautiful, dramatic and varied scenery, I have been there the last 3 weekends and it has looked different every time, the flowers and foliage change so freaking much every time. Redwoods, ocean views, endless fields of wildflowers, crazy beautiful sky....
And it’s a good workout if u keep a good a pace.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views there is about one mile of pretty steep climb but worth it for the views. There is a little bit of everything wildflowers majestic forest and ocean views. I would do this one again for sure

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view of wildlowers and the ocean.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard hike for old dude. Great views and wildflowers!

1 month ago

One of my favorite hike for a quick cardio workout. With breathtaking views, incredible sounds of wild life, beautiful redwoods, relaxing sounds of the flowing creeks and small waterfalls...makes this place pretty majestic. Highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

We went on this brutal and stunning 7 mile hike on Sunday at Garrapata State Park in Carmel, CA. The landscape changed from gorgeous, shady redwoods (absolutely go beyond the signs) to climb up to the Sound of Music-esque rolling hills covered in wildflowers with frustrating false peaks, to the actual peak where the winds almost blew us over, covering us in clouds while we lay cradled in a rock throne. The descent was grey skies, highlighting the colors of the prolific flowers, bringing us over the rain-eroded trail, rough on the knees and ankles, but we made it. Grateful to have been very prepared with clothing layers, good boots, and hiking poles, or else I’d still be up there. Very much worth it for this beautiful hike!

1 month ago

Great loop hike start on Soberanes Canyon trial and loop around, come back down rocky ridge trail. From crossing streams, seeing plenty of wild flowers, even cactus along the way, challenging up to the peak and a nice ocean view on the way down. The sign says it’s closed after 1.5mi, but just keep going and follow the single track and you won’t regret it. Great hike overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful wildflowers and awesome redwoods. Uphill quite challenging after woodland path. Definitely wear long pants and hiking shoes as downhill can be slippery.

1 month ago

A wonderful workout with amazing coastal views. Then walk on ridge of canyon before meandering along creek and amidst redwoods. Extra bonus are the wildflowers if you time it right

Absolutely lovely trail! You’ll see cacti, redwoods, a creek, wildflowers, undulating hills, and the ocean. The first 1.5 miles is easy with a couple moderate elevations and creek crossings. After that are a few cardio stressing false peaks that bring you to a gorgeous view of the canyon and Pacific. The hardest part is getting back down since the Rocky Ridge part of the loop is closed. I parked at 8:30 and passed only one other person on the trail. By the time I was returning at 1015, there were people coming in by the tens. It’s also already hot; getting there early before the people and heat is best.

I can’t wait to do this hike again once it’s fully open.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail with plenary of wildflowers and spectacular views. Downhill to the end was kind of hard on the knees but all good. I will rate this hike hard due to the elevation changes. Lots of up then lots of steep downhill. But that’s how u get the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Now is the time of year to go. Nice short walk though the redwoods and then beautiful views of the ocean and spectacular wild flowers blooming. Trail is strenuous, and the loop is somewhat overgrown and washed out, but I didn’t have a problem! Poles help. Definitely wear pants and fitted long sleeve shirt for the ticks. Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes with a taste of the creek, redwoods and coastal panoramic views...each time is different with the wild flowers in bloom a unique experience.

2 months ago

Most excellent!

2 months ago

the trail along the Creek/river has been cleared and is ready, looking great... I think it is still closed officially. Met some hikers and trail runners nevertheless..one of my favorites.
On a good day (no coastal fog)the views at the top are fantastic.

2 months ago

The trail will re-open this month according to the Friends of Garrapata Facebook page!!! It's been closed since July 2016. I cannot wait to hike up there again!

hiking
2 months ago

Does anybody know if this is still closed?

hiking
3 months ago

This is a hike! Such an awesome view from the peak! Hard as all hell, but we'll worth it!

4 months ago

Still closed

4 months 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!

hiking
5 months ago

Very steep and challenging but 100% worth it.

hiking
5 months 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!

hiking
9 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.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Still closed (5/27/17)

walking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lovely walk for kids and family

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

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