Best Trails Near Carmel CA

Carmel has 115 trails in the vicinity, including 108 hiking trails and 5 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.6 to 122 miles in length. The longest trail in Carmel is Big Sur Coast Scenic Drive: Carmel to Morro Bay a well-known trail measuring 122 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Sykes Hot Springs (Backpacking), Osborne Ridge: Kahn Ranch Addition and Veeder–East Ridge–Terrace Loop. Trails.com member Jeff T. recently completed Mission Trail Park.

More information on the best trails in Carmel can be found below.
  • 17-Mile Drive to Carmel Road Ride

    3 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Never mind that this is a road ride. The famed 17-Mile Drive is a ride that’s rated as one of the Top 100 routes to pedal in America. If this is your first time to the Monterey Peninsula, this ...
    •  29 miles
    •  Guide

    Never mind that this is a road ride. The famed 17-Mile Drive is a ride that’s rated as one of the Top 100 routes to pedal ...

  • Veeder–East Ridge–Terrace Loop

    3 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    This loop hike climbs hundreds of feet to an overlook in a moun- tain meadow. The panoramic views include Garzas Canyon, Redwood Canyon, Snively’s Ridge, Carmel Valley, and the ocean at Monterey ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike climbs hundreds of feet to an overlook in a moun- tain meadow. The panoramic views include Garzas Canyon, ...

  • Mission Trail Park

    2 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Mission Trail Park, encompassing 35 acres, is Carmel’s largest park. The designated nature park has five miles of well-maintained trails that meander up a forested stream-fed canyon and along ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Mission Trail Park, encompassing 35 acres, is Carmel’s largest park. The designated nature park has five miles of well-maintained ...

  • Big Sur Coast Scenic Drive: Carmel to Morro Bay

    2 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    A 122-mile-long highway that twists down the scenic central California coastline from Carmelto Morro Bay. This scenic drive follows California Highway 1 and twists along the spectacular Big Sur ...
    •  122 miles
    •  Guide

    A 122-mile-long highway that twists down the scenic central California coastline from Carmelto Morro Bay. This scenic drive ...

  • Coffeeberry–Lower Ridge–Pine Loop

    2 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    This long, narrow loop descends on the northern slope of Jacks Peak to the county park’s north boundary. The hike begins on the Skyline Trail, passing a scenic overlook. The views span across ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This long, narrow loop descends on the northern slope of Jacks Peak to the county park’s north boundary. The hike begins ...

  • Carmel River Trail to Danish Creek

    2 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The Los Padres Reservoir is an 1 ,800-acre dammed lake along the Carmel River. The reservoir, nestled in a gorgeous valley sur- rounded by the forested mountains, lies adjacent to the Los Padres ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Los Padres Reservoir is an 1 ,800-acre dammed lake along the Carmel River. The reservoir, nestled in a gorgeous valley ...

  • Palo Corona Regional Park

    1 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Palo Corona Regional Park sits at the northwest corner of the Santa Lucia Range, south of Carmel and above Monastery Beach and Point Lobos State Park. The 1 0,000-acre Palo Corona Ranch, stretching ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Palo Corona Regional Park sits at the northwest corner of the Santa Lucia Range, south of Carmel and above Monastery Beach ...

  • Osborne Ridge: Kahn Ranch Addition

    1 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Osborne Ridge is a 1 ,600-foot ridge at the south end of Garland Ranch Regional Park in the Kahn Ranch addition. The ridge stretches over 2 miles between Hitchcock Canyon and the San Clemente ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Osborne Ridge is a 1 ,600-foot ridge at the south end of Garland Ranch Regional Park in the Kahn Ranch addition. The ridge ...

  • Sykes Hot Springs (Backpacking)

    1 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    A trip to Sykes Hot Springs is unquestionably the most popular route into the Ventana Wilderness. The trek leads to three rock-lined 100°F hot springs along the crystalline waters of the Big ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  23.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A trip to Sykes Hot Springs is unquestionably the most popular route into the Ventana Wilderness. The trek leads to three ...

  • Andrew Molera: Creamery - Ridge Ride

    1 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The Creamery-Ridge Trails are a combination loop and out-and-back, measuring 7.3 miles total, round-trip. The Creamery Loop is about 1.7 miles, easy, flat, non-technical, and suitable for beginners ...
    •  7.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Creamery-Ridge Trails are a combination loop and out-and-back, measuring 7.3 miles total, round-trip. The Creamery Loop ...

  • Garrapata Beach and Bluff Trail

    1 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Garrapata Beach lies to the south of Soberanes Point along the coastal end of the 2,879-acre Garrapata State Park. The pristine beach is a half-mile crescent of white sand with rocky tidepools. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Garrapata Beach lies to the south of Soberanes Point along the coastal end of the 2,879-acre Garrapata State Park. The pristine ...

  • Wildlife and Wild Seas at the Point of the Sea Wolves: Point Lobos State Reserve

    1 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    This rocky promontory south of Carmel-by-the-Sea is to nature enthusiasts what Pebble Beach is to golfers or the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to museum lovers. Pockets of white sand beaches, unusual ...
    •  Five hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This rocky promontory south of Carmel-by-the-Sea is to nature enthusiasts what Pebble Beach is to golfers or the Monterey ...

  • Big Sur: The Old Coast Road

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Before the Bixby Bridge was completed in 1932, the Old Coastal Road was the main route from Big Sur into Carmel. Today the graceful bridge is not only a lovely concrete structure, but it lets ...
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Before the Bixby Bridge was completed in 1932, the Old Coastal Road was the main route from Big Sur into Carmel. Today the ...

  • Andrew Molera State Park

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Although Andrew Molera State Park is small and offers limited riding, the scenery more than makes up for these deficits. An easy loop around Creamery Meadow via the Beach and River trails makes ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Although Andrew Molera State Park is small and offers limited riding, the scenery more than makes up for these deficits. ...

  • South Plateau–Mound Meadow Loop

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The South Plateau Trail, an interpretive trail, connects the white sands of China Cove and Gibson Beach with the entrance station to Point Lobos State Reserve. The nature trail crosses Vierra’s ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The South Plateau Trail, an interpretive trail, connects the white sands of China Cove and Gibson Beach with the entrance ...

  • Bird Island Trail China Cove-Pelican Point-Gibson Beach

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The Bird Island Trail follows the rocky coastline through a Monterey pine forest along the cliff tops overlooking the sea. The trail passes chasms, arches, sea caves, and the beautiful white ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Bird Island Trail follows the rocky coastline through a Monterey pine forest along the cliff tops overlooking the sea. ...

  • South Shore Trail

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The South Shore Trail explores the eroded sandstone terrain along the jagged southern ridges and troughs of Point Lobos State Reserve. The trail begins near Bird Island and ends by Sea Lion Point, ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The South Shore Trail explores the eroded sandstone terrain along the jagged southern ridges and troughs of Point Lobos State ...

  • Sea Lion Point Trail

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The Sea Lion Point Trail leads to a spectacular, surreal landscape on the coastal bluff above Headland Cove in Point Lobos State Reserve. From the bluffs are vistas of Sea Lion Cove, Sea Lion ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Sea Lion Point Trail leads to a spectacular, surreal landscape on the coastal bluff above Headland Cove in Point Lobos ...

  • Allan Memorial Grove: Cypress Grove Trail

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The Cypress Grove Trail is a clifftop loop trail around Allan Memorial Grove in Point Lobos State Reserve. The trail passes through one of only two natural stands of Monterey cypress in the world. ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cypress Grove Trail is a clifftop loop trail around Allan Memorial Grove in Point Lobos State Reserve. The trail passes ...

  • North Shore Trail

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The North Shore Trail parallels the northern headlands of Point Lobos State Reserve at the southern end of Carmel Bay. The beautiful trail follows the exposed and rugged coast past sheer granite ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The North Shore Trail parallels the northern headlands of Point Lobos State Reserve at the southern end of Carmel Bay. The ...

  • Whalers Knoll Trail

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Whalers Knoll was an historic lookout for spotting whales. The trail twists 200 feet up the hillside through an open Monterey pine forest draped with lace lichen to the exposed knob. At the summit ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Whalers Knoll was an historic lookout for spotting whales. The trail twists 200 feet up the hillside through an open Monterey ...

  • Granite Point: Whalers Cove to Ichxenta Point

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Point Lobos State Reserve is the crown jewel among California’s state parks. It is located along the north end of the Big Sur coastline just south of Monterey and Carmel. The incredible 1 ,276-acre ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Point Lobos State Reserve is the crown jewel among California’s state parks. It is located along the north end of the Big ...

  • Creamery Meadow to Molera Beach Andrew Molera State Park

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Andrew Molera State Park, the largest state park on the Big Sur coast, encompasses 4,800 acres and extends along both sides of Highway 1. The state park has mountains, meadows, a 2.5-mile strand ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Andrew Molera State Park, the largest state park on the Big Sur coast, encompasses 4,800 acres and extends along both sides ...

  • Headlands Trail to Molera Point Andrew Molera State Park

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    The Headlands Trail ascends and circles ocean bluffs and Molera Point in Andrew Molera State Park. From the ridge are views of this diverse park, its numerous hiking trails, Molera Beach, the ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Headlands Trail ascends and circles ocean bluffs and Molera Point in Andrew Molera State Park. From the ridge are views ...

  • Garrapata Beach and Bluff Trail Garrapata State Park

    0 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Garrapata Beach sits near the southern border of the 2,879-acre state park. The pristine beach is a half-mile crescent of white sand with rocky tidepools. At the south end, Garrapata Creek empties ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Garrapata Beach sits near the southern border of the 2,879-acre state park. The pristine beach is a half-mile crescent of ...