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Best trails in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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Looking for a great trail near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Andrew Molera State Park or Garrapata State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lovers Point Park or Perkins Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 14 easy trails in Carmel-by-the-Sea ranging from 0.6 to 7.7 miles and from 39 to 921 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Top trails (24)
#1 - Point Lobos Loop Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
There is limited parking and a $10 fee. Sea lions, shore birds and more share this gorgeous chunk of Pacific Coast south of Carmel, California You can cram all the charms of California's amazing coastline into one stop at Point Lobos State Reserve, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. It's all there at Point Lobos: crashing waves, barking sea lions, chattering shorebirds, sun-bathing sea otters, remarkable rock formations. Granted, you get a few nibbles of this anywhere along California Highway 1, but why not save your appetite for the whole feast? Point Lobos has a network of well-maintained trails, but it's not really a hiking destination. Better to just find a place to park, find a trail, walk toward the sound of the ocean and enjoy the scenery. Best time to go: September, when the summer heat is easing and the coast is less foggy. The rest of the year will do, however. Park authorities limit the number of cars allowed in Point Lobos, so you might have to leave the car outside the park on Highway 1 and walk in. This'll add about two miles of walking to your outing.Show more
#2 - South Plateau Trail to Bird Island
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
#3 - Soberanes Point and Whale Peak
Garrapata State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 56 m
#4 - Cypress Grove Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
A nice loop through the cypress trees to many great views of coves below. This short loop is a favorite among park visitors because it offers great views and a close look at the area's famous Cypress trees, which naturally grow in only one other place in the world: Carmel Bay. The hike is relatively flat with views of headland cove, pinnacle cove, and cypress cove with two very short trails to get closer to the views. On a clear day you can see sea lions on sea lion rock and even the other side of Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz.Show more
#5 - Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
Please note that the southern plateau has been reported closed making it so that you can't complete this loop.Show more
#6 - 17-Mile Drive to Carmel Road Ride
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
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Length: 7.7 mi
17-Mile Drive is a beautiful stretch of roadway spanning from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach which features awe-inspiring coastal views. Only a portion of this trail is considered wheelchair and stroller friendly due to areas of deep sand. The most accessible section for wheelchair and stroller users is parking off of Bird Road where there are van-accessible handicapped parking and accessible restrooms and then proceeding north for 0.2 - 0.4 miles. The location has been marked on the map with a waypoint and it can be viewed on its own trail page here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/bird-rock-trailShow more
#7 - Lace Lichen, North Shore, and Cannery Point Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#8 - Palo Corona Regional Park
Palo Corona Regional Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
The route shown here is a combination of several trails including Pond Loop, Vista Lobos, Laguna Vista Loop, and Inspiration Point Trails. The route eventually reaches the Animas Pond before turning around. There are more trails to the west, including the Rumsien Loop if you'd like to extend your hike. NOTE: As of June 2020, the west entrance to the park, along Route 1, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is only at the trailhead shown on this page, at 4860 Carmel Valley Road. Please check here for updates: https://www.mprpd.org/palo-corona-regional-park Dogs are allowed only in the northern part of the park, north of South Bank Trail. The trail on this page extends south of this trail, so the trail is marked no dogs.Show more
#9 - Bird Island Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
#10 - Lower Ridge, Rhus, and Coffeeberry Loop
Jacks Peak County Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Please note: Mountain biking is not permitted off-road or on trails.Show more
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