Old Coast Road is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Carmel, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,099 feet Route Type: Point to Point

hiking

mountain biking

walking

ohv / off road driving

running

forest

views

Please note that while the road itself is not private property, but both sides of the road are. The road is occasionally closed to vehicles due to wet conditions. You will need a high clearance vehicle for this route. The road is occasionally closed due to wet conditions. For up to date road closures & information, see this link: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/resource-management-agency/public-works/road-conditions-closures

ohv/off road driving
private property
11 days ago

Really nice and easy trail, has some great views. The trail took us just under 2 hours to complete including a few stops for pictures and to take in the scenery. 4wd isn’t needed on this trail and there aren’t any hard obstacles along the way. I would assume most cars would be able to make it through with little to no issues. On our trip we passed a few other vehicles who were very friendly and even saw some others hiking the trail. Overall it is a very beautiful trail just be aware to follow the road and not to wander off too much because each side of the trail is private property.

ohv/off road driving
13 days ago

This was the first time I have taken my truck out on any trails. So this was a great trail for first timers like me! Definitely loved this trail, filled with great views and plenty of spots to stop and take pictures with. Took about 2hrs with all the stops we took to soak in mother nature’s beauty. Used AWD just to have good grip, but could have gone through without it. Some areas are narrow and was a tight squeeze for my Silverado, but made it all the way through.

ohv/off road driving
private property
19 days ago

My favorite trail yet! This offers such gorgeous scenery and tons of places you’ll want to pull over for pictures. This is not rocky and I’m guessing maybe moderate for how narrow some areas are. We used 4wheel drive very little but honestly probably could’ve done without it. There are several areas that say private property but we did come across a ton of cars. I would say it took about and hour and a half to two hours to complete, but that’s included the time we spent stopped. I highly recommend!

ohv/off road driving
19 days ago

Nice views no 4x4 needed definitely worth it

ohv/off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

Wonderful trail! Easy to access and takes about 2 hours. Goes though ocean views, forest, meadows. Speeds range from 4 to 15mph. Breathtaking scenery!

hiking
1 month ago

Una ruta genial. Me gusto mucho muy tranquilo. Boscoso y mucha vista hermosa. Aunque no utilice la 4x4 pero me divertí. Creo que en el invierno estaría mucho mejor.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

Was great to be out under the redwoods! Did North-South...trail was pretty easy with a couple tight spots. The views were amazing. Never take it for granted—the freedom to be out and about in nature!

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail. Has really nice views when you get up the mountain.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail. Outstanding views. Narrow and steep hills at some points of the trail. 4x4 not needed but I decided to use it for better grip. This Saturday was a little bit cloudy and windy, views could've been better.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Great views on all sides, easy drive, worth it. Drove it N-S in a Jeep during a very dry February, so only rough roads encountered, no 4WD necessary; some holes required a little attention to navigate, some rocks, some narrow spots, no big deal at all. Descriptions make the drive seem longer (mileage-wise) than actually encountered. Will drive it with guests and take MTB for a spin as well.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

1//14/20 Great trail. Beautiful views, narrow roads AWD not necessary when is dry but definitely recomended for some part of the roads. Not off the road exploring because private property in both sides of the road. Be mindful.

closed
5 months ago

1/2/20- road closed. unable to turn onto tail from hwy1. possibly due to erosion/runoff.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
6 months ago

when I set out to hit the trail, the weather was cloudy, but the whole trail was clear. 4wd wasn't necessary with the dry weather, but I wouldn't try without.

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

If your looking for some off roading this really isn’t that. It’s a dirt trail that’s pretty well maintained. There’s really nothing crazy about it. I does get a little narrow so be mindful of other drivers. Some lady in a blue Toyota Rav 4 was driving aggressively up the hill as I was going down cautiously (my wife isn’t big on cliffs). Anyway, she proceeded to stop next to me and start yelling at me. NOT NICE!!!!! Made it to the top without having to ever put my 4 Runner in four wheel drive. There are some pretty photo ops as you drive down the path. Talked to a Monterey County Deputy and he stated not to venture off the main route that’s when you trespass. Again, super chill! Nothing crazy just a little dusty.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
8 months ago

This was our second time on this trail. It is absolutely gorgeous as you drive up on the cliffs looking out over the coast and then down into forest and then back up again. It is an easy trail and a great ride. Very doable in any vehicle with some ground clearance and tires that can go over dirt roads. The trails have gotten a bit rockier since 2016. There is one portion where AllTrails will warn you that you are deviating from the planned route. The “off trail” part is actually the only way you can go. There is no other road. This portion is a series of switchbacks with lots of loose rocks. Very fun but now you definitely need a sportier vehicle than a few years ago, don't take your sedan.

ohv/off road driving
private property
9 months ago

Beautiful easy trail all around. If you’re heading down PCH with some time to spare, this is a great trail to catch some great views. The trail travels through a lot of private property so exploring off trail isn’t really an option. However, the drive through the beautiful forest and landscape is well worth the detour. Awd recommended but could do without. Passed up a stock Jetta on the trail and a few SUVs.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

great drive in july, dry and dusty. no need for 4x4. no issues in wrangler, some tight spots for f250. took about 2.5 hours with stops for pics and RC car racing. lots of fun.

hiking
private property
9 months ago

Very easy trail. Took the family in our 4x4 4Runner but stayed in 2wd the whole time. No need for a 4x4 truck. Amazing views

ohv/off road driving
private property
rocky
10 months ago

Awesome trail to take out the family SUV. Amazing views traveling through the red wood trees and some grass views over looking the coast. Had no problem with our Subaru Ascent. Family stopped a couple spots to take family photos and some of the SUV. The trail was definitely marked where private properties are but it’s a straight pass and there is no way you can get lost.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

This is a pretty well maintained gravel road. I wouldn't recommend it for hiking. Maybe for biking, but we drove. Really cool to see what traveling up and down the coast would have been like before PCH was built. Some great views, both of the coast while driving up over ridges, and of forested creek beds. A worthy addition to your Big Sur trip. Plan at least 45 minutes for this detour.

ohv/off road driving
11 months ago

Great trail with some cattle along the way, a section of incredible Redwood forest and some fancy birds. We did it with a 4x4 Wrangler, but there's nothing too challenging as long as you have the clearance. A note on the start of trail, since many mentioned it was wrong. It's fixed now, so tapping directions from the app brings you to Coast Rd, where the trail begins.

hiking
Mon Oct 01 2018

This hike as described is impassable for both cars and hikers. The northern most mile of the described trail is through private property. There are clearly marked fences indicating it is private property. We tried to do this hike yesterday in the opposite direction than the one indicated here and we got lost looking for a public road that connects coast road to highway 1. Luckily we ran in to the owners who were incredibly friendly and gracious and gave us a ride back to our car but they told us about some of the bad experiences they’ve had with hikers hopping the fences because of this all trails post. They’ve had to call the sheriff on trespassers on multiple occasions. The road and scenery are beautiful but do not try to hike this trail as described. You can do all 9 miles of coast road or an out and back from either end but this 6 mike through hike is not doable.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Sep 22 2018

The location for the start of this trail is WRONG! As the other posters note, there is a locked gate. But we backtracked 3 miles towards Monterey on Highway 1 (across the large span bridge). There we found the true start to the trail, which happens to have a street sign marked “Coast Rd.” From there the trail meanders for 9 miles through redwoods, crosses streams and rises in elevation through scrub brush - with mazing views of the Pacific - and ends nearly in Big Sur. We did it with a 4-wheel drive Jeep but you could easily do it with 2-wheel drive.

Mon Sep 17 2018

Beautiful views everywhere. Any passenger car could make it so if you''re looking for something challenging this isn''t it. Definitely go if your looking for a scenic drive off the proverbial beaten path.

hiking
Fri Jun 29 2018

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.

Thu Jan 18 2018

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.

hiking
Tue Sep 05 2017

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.

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