Soberanes Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 110 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.

28 days ago

Still closed (5/27/17)

walking
1 month ago

Lovely walk for kids and family

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Closed for now and the next few months.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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 .

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.