Explore the most popular trails near Carmel 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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off road driving
13 days 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
28 days ago

Superb, up in the clouds.

Very nice trail with lots of wildflowers this time of year. Highly recommend.

This was a nice, quick 0.5 mile out and back from the side of the road. The cala lillies were in bloom and we walked down the valley down to the beach. Worth a quick stop as you’re heading down Highway 1.

hiking
3 months ago

road closed on 3/17

great path, well signed, but was having GPS problems. altitude kept on getting misread.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Awesome sunset very easy to park along the highway and walk down to the water

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.

off road driving
9 months ago

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.

off road driving
9 months ago

We enjoyed the views from this trail. Some areas are a little steep but we never had to take our vehicle out of 4 high. In fact I would take any 2 wheel drive SUV or pick up on this trail

We just completed this hike. It is accurately described as moderate. It came out to be 6 mikes, and we went at a leisurely pace. There are modest elevation changes. We were figged in so we can’t comment on views, but the pine forest trails are lovely, and quite wide in most places.

off road driving
10 months ago

Easy trail to go thru in any kind of truck. Drove in through the south Big Sur entrance and came out by Bixby Bridge. Plenty of great views along the way!

One of the most beautiful and remote walks/hikes near the water I’ve done!

11 months ago

We entered Coast Rd just north of the Andrew Molera State Park. There is no gate there. We drove in about 7 miles and then turned around because we weren’t sure if the exit would be gated. It was a great opportunity to go off reading.

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.

off road driving
11 months ago

Beautiful view 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.

hiking
Sunday, February 18, 2018

beautiful area, and lots of different trails to go on. from easy to hard it's whatever you're feeling!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The road is open to bicycles and hikers per Andrew molera state beach ranger January 2018.

Thursday, January 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
Tuesday, September 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.

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.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

spectacular

off road driving
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Great views, fun and easy ride.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Driving up the coast on Hwy 1 from San Luis Obispo to Carmel, the fog was so thick we thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. Patches of light and color opened up a few times and the yellow flowers blooming in late June added a spark. The fog was solid as we drove through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. We didn't realize the steep drop offs to the left because it was a white out, but as we drove on, the fog gradually moved out to sea, displaying a more defined coastline as we reached Carmel. One bright spot was a visit to the Hearst Castle along the way. This is definitely an awesome drive, especially with clear skies, as we came back down from Carmel another time to McWay Falls. Watch out for Poison Oak on the trails... Classic trip, not to miss!

scenic driving
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Did Monterey all the way to Los Angeles via hwy 1 and it was amazing. Especially when you get into big sir. Passed Hearst castle. A road trip of a lifetime.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Easy driver a Toyota Prius could do it with no trouble. Great views and nice little 30 min drive with lots of scenery.

Friday, January 01, 2016

The most amazing day. Perfect and so much sunshine. I highly recommend this especially on a sunny winter day.

So beautiful!! Make sure you have a full gas tank!

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