Church Creek Canyon from Church Ranch Road

Carmel, California

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Church Creek Canyon is rich with massive sandstone formations, including caves, rock shelters, arching overhangs, and ancient pic- tographs from the Esselen people. This hike descends on Church Ranch Road, a gated dirt road overlooking the scenic canyon. The lightly traveled road, branching from Tassajara Road, winds down the brushy slope on an easy grade. The trail offers outstand- ing vistas but little shade. The road descends to Church Creek, a tributary of the Arroyo Seco that forms at Church Creek Divide. The 4-mile-long creek merges with Tassajara Creek on its journey to the ocean. A trail parallels Church Creek in an open forest of black oaks, Coulter pines, and Santa Lucia firs. This out-and-back hike is downhill the entire way to Church Creek. Pace yourself accordingly for the strenuous hike back out.

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"Church Creek Canyon is rich with massive sandstone formations, including caves, rock shelters, arching overhangs, and ancient pic- tographs from the Esselen people. This hike descends on Church Ranch Road, a gated dirt road overlooking the scenic canyon. The lightly traveled road, branching from Tassajara Road, winds down the brushy slope on an easy grade. The trail offers outstand- ing vistas but little shade. The road descends to Church Creek, a tributary of the Arroyo Seco that forms at Church Creek Divide. The 4-mile-long creek merges with Tassajara Creek on its journey to the ocean. A trail parallels Church Creek in an open forest of black oaks, Coulter pines, and Santa Lucia firs. This out-and-back hike is downhill the entire way to Church Creek. Pace yourself accordingly for the strenuous hike back out."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carmel
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS: Chews Ridge

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Jun 2018