Best Trails Near Carmel Valley CA

Carmel Valley has 24 trails in the vicinity, including 24 hiking trails. These trails range from 0.7 to 9.04 miles in length. The longest trail in Carmel Valley is Los Padres Dam to Carmel River Campsite Trail a well-known trail measuring 9.04 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Carmel River Trail along Los Padres Reservoir, Maple Canyon–Fern Canyon Loop and Los Padres Dam to Carmel River Campsite Trail. Trails.com member Justin B. recently completed Maple Canyon–Fern Canyon Loop.

More information on the best trails in Carmel Valley can be found below.
  • Lupine Meadow to La Mesa

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    This hike begins at Lupine Meadow by the Carmel River and climbs to La Mesa, a large grassy terrace with a wildlife habitat pond. En route to La Mesa, the trail passes ephemeral Garland Ranch ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike begins at Lupine Meadow by the Carmel River and climbs to La Mesa, a large grassy terrace with a wildlife habitat ...

  • Los Padres Dam to Carmel River Campsite Trail

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Walk through the gate. The hike to the dam along the service road used by California American Water Company is one of the easiest places to access Los Padres National Forest. Follow the 0.75-mile ...
    •  6 hours
    •  9.04 miles
    •  Guide

    Walk through the gate. The hike to the dam along the service road used by California American Water Company is one of the ...

  • Anastasia Trail–East Trailhead Carmel Valley Road to Cahoon Spring

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    The Anastasia Trail is a 2.8-mile-long trail connecting Carmel Valley Road with Tassajara Road. This hike follows the remote, stream-fed canyon floor through open valleys and a lush sycamore ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Anastasia Trail is a 2.8-mile-long trail connecting Carmel Valley Road with Tassajara Road. This hike follows the remote, ...

  • Garland Ranch Falls–Mesa Loop

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    This loop hike visits Garland Ranch Falls, a 70-foot cataract off a sandstone cliff in an enclosed, fern-filled canyon. The hike is enjoyable year-round, but to experience the cascade of the ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike visits Garland Ranch Falls, a 70-foot cataract off a sandstone cliff in an enclosed, fern-filled canyon. The ...

  • Maple Canyon–Fern Canyon Loop

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Garland Ranch Regional Park is home to several different habitats. This hike includes a sampling of several ecosystems. The hike begins at the Carmel River and crosses Lupine Meadow into a shady ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
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    Garland Ranch Regional Park is home to several different habitats. This hike includes a sampling of several ecosystems. The ...

  • Buckeye Nature Trail

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    The Buckeye Nature Trail is an interpretive trail through cool, moist woods lined with ferns, fungi, and poison oak in a forest of buckeye, oak, and bay laurel trees. Information stations describe ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Buckeye Nature Trail is an interpretive trail through cool, moist woods lined with ferns, fungi, and poison oak in a ...

  • Rancho Loop: Cooper Ranch Addition

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    The most widely used trailhead for Garland Ranch Regional Park is at the park’s northeast end, directly off of Carmel Valley Road. A visitor center, ranger station, and museum are located near ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The most widely used trailhead for Garland Ranch Regional Park is at the park’s northeast end, directly off of Carmel Valley ...

  • Snively’s Ridge Trail

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Garland Ranch Regional Park stretches from the willow-lined Carmel River to the crest of the Santa Lucia Range. The 3,464- acre park lies along the northern tip of the range. Over 50 miles of ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Garland Ranch Regional Park stretches from the willow-lined Carmel River to the crest of the Santa Lucia Range. The 3,464- ...

  • Garzas Canyon to Redwood Canyon Trail

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    This trail has it all: shade from the oaks, buckeyes, and bay trees; towering redwoods; Kodak-moment swimming holes; six stream crossings with rustic bridges to keep your socks dry; fern meadows; ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail has it all: shade from the oaks, buckeyes, and bay trees; towering redwoods; Kodak-moment swimming holes; six ...

  • Snivleys Ridge Trail

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Hikers, horseback riders, and cyclists share most of Garland Park’s expansive 4500-acre trail system and diverse terrain. Many a pup has been initiated to the joy of the trail by romping around ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.32 miles
    •  Guide

    Hikers, horseback riders, and cyclists share most of Garland Park’s expansive 4500-acre trail system and diverse terrain. ...

  • Church Creek Canyon from Church Ranch Road

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Church Creek Canyon is rich with massive sandstone formations, including caves, rock shelters, arching overhangs, and ancient pictographs from the Esselen people. This hike descends on Church ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Church Creek Canyon is rich with massive sandstone formations, including caves, rock shelters, arching overhangs, and ancient ...

  • Church Creek Divide Pine Ridge Trail from Tassajara Road

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Church Creek Divide is a 1 ,000-foot-deep cleft below two ridges in the Ventana Wilderness. The 3,651 -foot divide sits in a shady tree grove of stately black and tanbark oaks, ponderosa pines, ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  7.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Church Creek Divide is a 1 ,000-foot-deep cleft below two ridges in the Ventana Wilderness. The 3,651 -foot divide sits in ...

  • Jeffery Road–Miller Canyon Trail to Nason Cabin site

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Jeffery Road is a gated road that begins at China Camp, a public campground along Tassajara Road. The dirt road (Forest Service Road 1 9S03) follows the Miller Fork of the Carmel River on the ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Jeffery Road is a gated road that begins at China Camp, a public campground along Tassajara Road. The dirt road (Forest Service ...

  • Chews Ridge Hennicksons Ridge Trail from Tassajara Road

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Chews Ridge is a 4-mile-long spine in the Ventana Wilderness. The ridge sits at an average elevation of 3,500 feet, rising up to 5,000 feet at the fire lookout at its eastern tip. The easiest ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
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    Chews Ridge is a 4-mile-long spine in the Ventana Wilderness. The ridge sits at an average elevation of 3,500 feet, rising ...

  • Chews Ridge Fire Lookout

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    This trail follows a restricted dirt road to the Chews Ridge Fire Lookout. It is a short and scenic hike with little elevation gain. The abandoned fire lookout sits at an elevation of 5,040 feet ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.7 miles
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    This trail follows a restricted dirt road to the Chews Ridge Fire Lookout. It is a short and scenic hike with little elevation ...

  • Anastasia Trail–West Trailhead Tassajara Road to Cahoon Spring

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    The Anastasia Trail connects Carmel Valley Road with Tassajara Road. This hike begins from Tassajara Road in a large meadow known as Bruce Flat. The trail descends the mountain slope into the ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Anastasia Trail connects Carmel Valley Road with Tassajara Road. This hike begins from Tassajara Road in a large meadow ...

  • Big Pine Trail to Danish Creek Camp: Los Padres Reservoir

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    The Big Pines Trail lies on the west side of the Los Padres Reservoir in a scenic mountain valley. Hikes 63 and 64 begin on the Carmel River Trail, curving around the dam and spillway along the ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Big Pines Trail lies on the west side of the Los Padres Reservoir in a scenic mountain valley. Hikes 63 and 64 begin ...

  • Carmel River Trail along Los Padres Reservoir

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    Carmel Valley, CA

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

  • Osborne Ridge: Kahn Ranch Addition

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

  • Hitchcock Loop: Kahn Ranch Addition

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Kahn Ranch, a new addition to Garland Ranch Regional Park, sits at the southern end of the park in the hills above Carmel Valley Village. The ranch covers 1 ,1 00 acres and is open to bikes, ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Kahn Ranch, a new addition to Garland Ranch Regional Park, sits at the southern end of the park in the hills above Carmel ...

  • Vasquez Ridge: Laureles–Vasquez–Spring Loop

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    This loop hike lies at the southeast end, and lightly hiked area, of Garland Ranch Regional Park. The trail steeply ascends the mountain to Vasquez Ridge at an overlook with a bench and panoramic ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike lies at the southeast end, and lightly hiked area, of Garland Ranch Regional Park. The trail steeply ascends ...

  • Veeder–East Ridge–Terrace Loop

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    Carmel Valley, CA

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

  • Garzas Canyon to Redwood Canyon

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Garzas Canyon is a stream-fed canyon bisecting Garland Ranch Regional Park. The beautiful Garzas Canyon Trail heads up the lush garden-like canyon past rock-lined pools and numerous creek crossings. ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Garzas Canyon is a stream-fed canyon bisecting Garland Ranch Regional Park. The beautiful Garzas Canyon Trail heads up the ...

  • Lupine Meadow to Snively’s Ridge

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    Carmel Valley, CA

    Garland Park stretches from the willow-lined Carmel River to the crest of the Santa Lucia Range. This hike begins at the river and climbs through oak woodlands to Snively’s Ridge at the mountain ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Garland Park stretches from the willow-lined Carmel River to the crest of the Santa Lucia Range. This hike begins at the ...