Carmel Beach Bluff

Carmel, California 93921

Carmel Beach Bluff

Carmel Beach Bluff Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This stretch of the California Coastal Trail along Carmel’s Scenic Road overlooks Northern California’s best dog friendly beach. This is the longest uninterrupted, dedicated stitch of the California Coastal Trail within Carmel-by-the-Sea’s 1-square-mile city limits.

The panoramic views sweep between two of the most iconic landmarks on the coast. Pebble Beach golf course dominates the canvas to the north, while your eyes rest on the only oceanfront house ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as you scan down the southern end of the beach."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press)
Analise Elliot Heid
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"Carmel River State Beach actually comprises two beaches: Carmel River State Beach, at the river mouth, and Monastery Beach (aka San Jose Creek Beach), just south of the river. The trail saunters along these wave-washed beaches and atop the adjacent bluffs. The first 0.2 mile of the route crosses soft sands deposited by the Carmel River and pounded into fine powder by the often-heavy surf. The bluffs overlook granite pinnacles, wind-sculpted Monterey cypress, and a marsh and estuary that teem with life." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California (The Mountaineers Books)
Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly
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"This is dog country—local and visiting canines of all ages, sizes, and breeds romp and play from dawn to dusk all week long. Just follow your dog down the sand dune to the water’s edge. You can begin your walk along the edge of the Pebble Beach Golf Course to the right, or walk left to the last staircase at the south end of the beach." Read more

Carmel Beach Bluff Reviews

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Few places compare to the pristine beauty of Carmel, and this beach is a little bit of heaven on earth for a dog lover and her dog. The community embraces dogs here and the joy exuding from the numerous happy canines frolicking on the clean white sand and in the beautiful water is infectious!
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Every time I visit Carmel I walk this scenic trail. The ocean vistas, sea life, birds, waves, surfers, dogs, people and mountain views never stop impressing me. If you are staying in Carmel-by-the-Sea, this is a must do walk.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
54 feet
Trailhead Elevation
54 feet
Top Elevation
City of Carmel, Monte Verde Street between Ocean Avenue and 7th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea; (831) 6203000;
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Dec 2018