Carmel River Trail to Danish Creek

Carmel, California 93922

Carmel River Trail to Danish Creek

Carmel River Trail to Danish Creek Professional Review and Guide

"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 National Forest. The forested path contours the moun- tains along the western slope of the long reservoir from one end to the other, gaining little elevation. Be aware of ticks, which are prevalent along the trail during the winter season."

More Carmel River Trail to Danish Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 National Forest. The forested path contours the mountains along the western slope of the long reservoir from one end to the other, gaining little elevation. Be aware of ticks, which are prevalent along the trail during the winter season."

Carmel River Trail to Danish Creek Reviews

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1/9/2011
The trail is closed due to rain damage. You can only walk up about 50 yards and then it's fenced off. The sign out front of the parking area to Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park (where you pay your parking fee) will indicate this. Check with the USFS prior to making plans because all the other hikes up this valley are also closed off.
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12/6/2006
We arrived at the trail Wednesday at 0815, just minutes after the park opened, and were the only ones in sight. Beautiful weather, clear and in the 60s. We took time to go down and view the waterfall first, then back up to the parking lot to start up Ewoldsen. Don't believe the trails.com posted time for this one, it took us five hours at an easy pace with a lunch break at the top. Trail was mostly clear, with minimal deadfall, though one redwood in particular required taking off my pack to scoot beneath it. Lots of poison oak in the lower valley, so watch what you brush up against. McWay creek through the redwoods was beautiful. If you only have a short time, the lower part of the trail is still worthwhile. At the top, we looked down and watched two California Condors soaring below us, back towards where the car was parked and out over the water. On the hike back down, we heard one call out rather near us. At the bottom, six cars had arrived, but it appeared that everyone was walking out to the falls. We had encountered nobody else on the trail.
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Trail Information

Carmel
Nearby City
5.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS: Carmel Valley and Ventana Cones
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Nov 2018