Old Coast Road from Highway 1

EASY 4 reviews

Old Coast Road from Highway 1 is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Carmel, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.9 miles
1,023 feet
Point to Point


mountain biking

off road driving

trail running




Please note that while the road itself is not private property, both sides of the road are. The road is occasionally closed to vehicles due to wet conditions.

1 month ago

Beautiful views in the area but the gate was closed and locked very well with private property signs all over the fence. I did not even see a path for bikers or hikers.

6 months ago

This is the old coast road and it is open to bicycles and hikers . There are locked gates-you can go around them. The road itself is not private property, but the surrounding land is-so stay on the road. Information given to me by molera state beach ranger January 2018.

11 months ago

This trail is definitely through private property, we didn't see anyone during the hike (started around 10am) but sounds like others in the comments did.

Driving down HW1 you can park directly opposite the entrance. Then just follow the road (hop a few fences) and you'll find yourself at the top. Its a road the whole way so plenty of room to walk. Good moderate hike, some nice elevation gain but not too challenging. Great view from the top of the surrounding mountains. Only okay few of the ocean. Didn't see a single person the whole hike.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A friend and I drove a mile or 2 in before getting out to hike. That's what I'd suggest doing. The scenery is endless. The trail has a of greenery, redwoods, creeks, and everything you can expect from Big Sur. We ended at the top of a ridge in a cow pastor that was super windy. Such a contrast to the forest down below, but definitely added to the adventure.