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

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7 days ago

Wow, no kidding that this hike was tough! It was a bit hard to navigate at times (we used two different maps), but overall it was a great workout. During the 9 miles we only saw about 6 people, so it was pretty private. The trails are very well kept. We had a lovely picnic at the top with the lunches we had packed!

Tough climb but totally worth it!

The hills, they rise
in a sea of green and gold
Bursts of starlight
as dandelions unfold
A crown of poppies
dance gently in the breeze
Whispering sweetly
“What a beautiful world this is!”

Great views, well maintained and well marked. No rocks or scree to deal with. Check out vernal Veeder Pond. Nice benches to check out the views.

hiking
8 months ago

Epic views from the top.

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8 months ago

Wear shoes with good traction, and use walking sticks if you have bad knees. Two picnic tables at the peak for picnic. Just need to bring the food and drinks up. Had a wonderful lunch there.

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9 months ago

Wow what a great hike. There were a few spots, especially right before the top, where the trails were barely managed so make sure to stay on the parts that are clear unless you like climbing over boulders and feeling like you’re lost. Bring lots of water and snacks. This trip took us almost 5 hours and we did take a few breaks. It got very chilly at the tower too. All in all a very cool hike...but man, we are absolutely exhausted.

10 months ago

Beautiful views, nice in autumn. The peak ascent is steep.

Friday, July 07, 2017

The small trail that breaks off from the ridge and leads to the watch tower is a little more challenging than some reviews suggest, at least if you go to the left at the fork. If you go right, it's much more enjoyable...trust me. Otherwise, great views make the last little bit worth it.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

A great hike! Wide well maintained trails for the most part make it easy to keep a good pace. From the ridge to the tower, the trail narrows and gets fairly step but this is only for about .5 miles. The tower is locked to the public but the view is still excellent!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beautiful hike with good workout on the ascent!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Epic hike but road noise knocks off the fifth star

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Got it all up here, amazing views, exhilarating climb, dog friendly, difficult section at end near tower, and plenty of interconnecting trails to extend your day! Sucks, don't go!! Lol

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Last part that transitions from Snivley's Ridge to the fire lookout is a bit rough and tough to follow in spots, but worth the extra effort.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Follow this loop to amazing views of the Monterey Peninsula and Camel Valley. A quick warm-up leads you into a continuous climb until the top. Several trails will lead you up, so pick which one you like on either AllTrails, or stop at the visitor center to reference a map of the park. Find a trail that will take you to Sky trail then follow that until you reach Snivley's Ridge. Follow Snivley's Ridge as it heads west along the ridge line towards Pinyon Peak, and the old fire lookout tower. Once at the tower, enjoy a snack on one of the picnic benches provided before beginning your decent back towards the valley below.

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