Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Carmel-by-the-Sea with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not easy...definitely a moderate trail due to some inclines that extend for quite some time...otherwise a fantastic trail loop! Something for everyone and all levels.

walking
3 months ago

Wonderful beach walk...

on Carmel Beach

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7 months ago

Great off leash dog beach. My dog and I loved it! The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating is because it is a popular beach and tends to get really crowded. The other reason being there were some rude comments from people because I have a pit bull lab mix, people tend to have a hard time with my dog being off leash even though he is well behaved and socialized. The comments were that my dog should be leashed even though he was next to me and would wait for my permission to go up to another dog but because he was a pit, somehow it wasn't ok he was off leash. But I digress, other than that people with other dogs were cool, the views are amazing and the sunsets are out of their world. We even saw dolphins while we were here! Highly recommended.

this is a good hike. I don't think it can sit in the easy Category. it is moderate. there is a fair amount high incline climbing. If the temperature is hot (over 85) make sure to bring water.

hiking
11 months ago

Typed a real long review about walking the other way down scenic road... and it crashes... oh well, try it... less crowded interesting views.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Once again writing from the point of a dad with 4 kids. The parking off of Jack's Peak road had picnic tables with views of Monterey Bay as well as bathrooms with running water. There is also an information board with trail maps. A great place to start with kids. There are several trails that converge here and I recommend starting with the skyline self guided nature trail (there is a brochure available for download at the parks site). The skyline trail provides better views of the bay and dead ends into Iris so it is a great add on. Iris and Rhus themselves are really nice forest trails. If you are into geocaching make sure you check your app because there are a ton of them in this park. The weekday hours were from 10:00 to 5:00 so keep that in mind if you are headed there Monday-Friday. Overall this a great place to hike with kids. Great views, enough challenge, and plenty of opportunities to hit the bathroom.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

THE TRAIL WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED IN THE 2016 WILDFIRE! Refer to the Ventana Wilderness Alliance site for further details, but it will be years before the trail will be restored due to its limited popularity.

walking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My favorite place to take my dog walking off leash. Carmel beach is flooded with other dogs which I love. The most dog friendliest place in the world. Beautiful beach and village shopping nearby. It would be ridiculous to pass this up.

Breathtaking- literally! There's a part of the trail where it is crazy steep, but overall it was a nice trail. Beautiful view of the bay. Mostly shaded. Pet friendly. Lots of dogs there.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

We went on a beautiful day and got glimpses of the bay, Carmel beach, etc but other than that it was a forest trail. Still very enjoyable, but I was expecting more views!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Beatuful scenery, but crowded. It was also very stinky at times because the beach was covered of dead algae washed of the sea.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

3 stars cuz I did not think this was easy. the one labeled coffee berry on the maps has more than a 120 elevation climb in 0.3 mls. I thought this was the hardest part of all of my hike.

hiking
Friday, January 01, 2016

Beautiful view at the beginning then stuck in the forest for the rest of the trail. Cool to see the city!

hiking
Monday, February 16, 2015

$5 entrance fee. The trail is great for kids but make sure they stay in the middle of the path to ensure they don't get poison oak. It is everywhere. One complaint I do have is if you have a dog, ensure that it is on its leash. There was a lady that had 5 dogs and 2 were not leashed and one of the loose dogs came running and chasing my kids. Under different circumstances it would be different but because these dogs were loose and running all through the bush they had ticks that fell off and landed on my wife which i spotted right away. Also chasing my kids I didn't want the dogs brushing up on them because of the poison oak. Like I said, under different circumstances I do not have issues with other peoples animals but when there are signs posted telling you to keep you dogs on a leash it is for very good reasons.
The hike has good lookout points in which you can see the bay and then some.
Happy Trekking!

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pretty easy of a trail. beautiful look out over the city and ocean. be on the look out this is a Geocash trail!

hiking
Saturday, August 04, 2012

The Big Pines Trail was once a shaded trail through a beautiful Ponderosa forest with a wonderful camp on Danish Creek. In 2008 lightning started the Basin Fire which burned very hot in Big Pines and killed most of the Ponderosa Pines and has made the area unsafe for camping due to dead tree hazards. Big Pines Camp is overgrown and no longer a campsite. The trail was re-opened in 2011 by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance but dead trees will be falling for the next thirty years so you will need to check the Ventana Wilderness Alliance web page for current trail conditions. It is not recommended to hike this trail during high winds or to camp anywhere among the dead trees; Pat Springs Camp is a good alternative campsite to Big Pines Camp about one mile from Big Pines Camp.
The walk is about 8.5 miles from Los Padres Dam.
Please practice Leave No Trace camping.

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