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explore one of the most beautiful places in the world Carmel-by-the-Sea invites you to unplug and recharge during your visit with this locals guide to scenic paths and trails. Options include everything from a quick jog or walk right from your charming Carmel hotel room to the 18-mile recreational trail along the majestic Monterey Bay that’s great for long-distance training. Plus, you’ll find numerous routes for all abilities that overlook stunning coastline and even take you high into the mountains for panoramic views of the surrounding area.


Jeff Galloway and Scenic Fitness Retreat guests enjoy a run on Scenic Road with views of Carmel River Beach.

See these icons on the following pages for quick reference. RUN Paths and trails ranging in incline, offering runners short to long distances, suitable for a variety of fitness levels. HIKE Trails range from easy to challenging, with varying terrain and opportunities to see breathtaking views. WALK Flat paths and trails with little or no incline, that wind through beautiful landscapes offering scenic views. DOGS ON-LEASH Dogs are allowed on-leash only. Please note that leash length restrictions vary by location. DOGS OFF-LEASH Dogs are allowed off-leash, however they must be under the voice control of their owners. ENTRANCE FEE Location requires entrance fee for admission. Fees vary and some take cash only. CarmelCalifornia.com/RunsHikesWalks

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Asilomar State Beach Page 16 Jacks Peak County Park Page 18 Garrapata State Park Page 20 As with any outdoor activity, always use caution and be aware of traffic, changing conditions, unmarked obstacles, and potential hazards. All recreational activities in this guide are at your own risk. Distances may vary by GPS device, and all times listed are approximate. Experienced runners and hikers may complete routes in less time, while those with less experience may need more time. Please plan accordingly. The information in this brochure is current as of 4/1/17.

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Carmel Beach & Scenic bluff Path

Carmel Beach

At the foot of Ocean Avenue, Carmel Beach is one of the most iconic spots on California’s Central Coast and rated “One of the Best Beaches in the World.” Get your heart pumping with a jog along the surf or take in the views atop the scenic bluff overlooking Carmel’s coastline.

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Distance: 2 1/4 miles (out & back) Time: 30 minutes–1 hour A run or walk on the white sands of famous Carmel Beach is a must do for all visitors. It’s the best way to take in the fresh sea breeze, crashing waves, and awe-inspiring beauty while getting exercise along the entire stretch of this top-rated beach. Dogs are allowed off-leash, but they must be under the voice control of their owners. Distance: 3 1/2 miles (out & back) Time: 30 minutes–1 hour For epic views of Carmel Beach run or walk on the Scenic Bluff Path, a well-maintained gravel pathway that parallels Scenic Road. Start at the Ocean Ave parking lot and head south on Scenic Road, the path begins at the foot of 8th Avenue. When the path ends, continue on Scenic Road toward Carmel Point, until you reach the Carmel River State Beach parking lot, where you turn around and head back with views of Carmel Point and Pebble Beach. Distance: 3 3/4 miles Time: 40 minutes–1 hour Start at Ocean Ave & Junipero and head up Mountain View Avenue to Mission Trail Park. Take Serra Trail all the way until it ends at Rio Road, where you will leave the park. Go right, make sure to be aware of traffic, and run up Rio Road. You will see the Carmel Mission on your left, and then immediately turn left 4

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on Lasuen Drive. As you pass Mission Ranch turn left onto 15th Avenue and continue until you reach Carmelo Street, and go left. Carmelo Street turns into Scenic Road, and opens up to views of Point Lobos and Carmel River Beach. As you continue, you’ll catch a glimpse of Robinson Jeffers Tor House on your right, and the Walker Residence, built by Frank Lloyd Wright, on your left, where the Scenic Bluff Path begins. Follow the path until you reach 8th Avenue, where the path ends and continue on Scenic Road until you reach the parking lot at Ocean Avenue. OCEAN AVE

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Mission Trail Nature preserve

Serra Trail

This 34-acre preserve is the locals hidden secret and offers five, well-maintained trails that extend from Mountain View Avenue just east of downtown Carmel southward to the iconic Carmel Mission. The conveniently located preserve features tucked-away pine and oak groves, beautiful acacias, wetlands with native birds, monarch butterflies (when they’re wintering), plus secluded low-intensity trails and a prevailing peacefulness.

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Distance: 1/4 mile Time: 15–20 minutes To begin this easy circle, enter the preserve from the Martin Road entrance, or begin directly from the Flanders Mansion. Mostly flat terrain with a gentle incline, Mesa Trail loop intersects with Doolittle. Distance: 1/2 mile Time: 30 minutes Enter the park’s north entrance at Mountain View Avenue and cross the creek bridge and veer right onto Serra Trail that’s surrounded by oaks and pines. Veer left toward the memorable Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden. And go left onto Flanders Trail to head back toward the park’s north entrance.

Distance: 1 1/2 miles Time: 30 minutes Park on Rio Road and enter through the south entrance of the park. Go left to take Serra Trail and head north. Serra Trail ends at the creek bridge where you turn right to head south on Flanders Trail. Flanders will turn into Doolittle Trail, which you stay on until it intersects with Serra Trail again, where you go left. Cross the cement-lined creek and then veer left crossing the 6

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There are two main entrances to the preserve. Mountain View Avenue on the north and Rio Road on the south—both with limited street parking. You can also enter the park from Martin Road or Hatton Road. To park at the preserve, use the driveway entrance from Hatton Road and park next to Flanders Mansion. You’ll pass the Lester Rowntree Native Plant garden on either side when you drive in. Parking spots near the mansion are limited.

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Carmel River State Beach

Upper trails offer incredible views of Carmel River Beach

Known by locals as Ribera Beach and Carmel Meadows, Carmel River State Beach tucks discreetly between the Carmel River Lagoon and Point Lobos. As a result, it’s less crowded, offers spectacular views, and features a variety of trails waiting to be explored.

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Scenic Upper Trail

Distance: 1/4 mile Time: 15–20 minutes This loop leads you right by the historic wooden cross erected in 1769 by the Portola Crespi Expedition from Mexico. As you walk down from Calle La Cruz, the scenery opens up on wide panoramas of the Pacific. You’ll see a boulder with a short history of the cross etched into it, where you take a right onto the small path. Climb the hill to the cross and you’ll soon see Carmel River Beach in the distance. Follow the trail down to loop around and head back towards Calle La Cruz. Distance: 1 3/4 miles Time: 30 minutes–1 hour Park by the Bay School off Highway 1 and walk through the tall eucalyptus grove to the trailhead. This trail is wide and takes you right along the water’s edge with fantastic views of Point Lobos. As you head north, you’ll see beautiful coastal homes and scenic rock formations. Keep following the trail north around the point overlooking Carmel River Beach and lagoon, and continue back the way you came. Distance: 3/4 mile Time: 30 minutes This short loop also starts at the Bay School entrance and provides more elevation, terrain, and views from up high. 8

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Northern trails feature views of where Carmel River meets the ocean

On top of the bluff, huge rocks welcome higher climbs and benches encourage relaxation. Take the tall flight of stairs down to connect with the beach side path for your return.

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Garland Ranch Regional Park

Mesa Trail leads to exceptional views of Carmel Valley.

This expansive 4,500-acre regional park offers a wide range of hikes and walks with easygoing trails to stamina-demanding climbs to the top. Oak-lined paths and ample benches beg hikers to enjoy a break along the way and wide-open meadows invite you to pack a picnic. Dog-friendly water fountains and off-leash areas make it a hit for pup owners.

Lupine Loop

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Distance: 1 1/2 miles Time: 40 minutes This mostly flat, full-sun trail is well suited for young ones and low-intensity hikers. Begin at the Visitor Center and head east, following Lupine Loop past the junction with Sycamore Trail. At the trail intersection, find a wooden gate in front of you and turn right. At the bottom of the hill, bear left, following the trail along the fence. Come to a T intersection with the Lewis bench to your right. A right turn returns you to the Visitor Center.

Distance: 3 1/2 miles Time: 1 1/2 – 2 hours The incline is steep at times, with an elevation gain of 630 feet. Start at the Visitor Center and take Shortcut Trail. Follow signs for Buckeye Nature Trail and go uphill. You will go down some stairs on Buckeye Nature Trail to meet a right turn onto the Mesa Trail up the hill. Next, pass Hawk Trail, Sky Trail, and a cutoff to Deer Trail as they meet up with Mesa Trail. Follow signs for Mesa Trail. You’ll know you’ve reached La Mesa when you discover exceptional views of the valley. If you continue on Mesa Trail, you will come to Mesa Pond. To descend, follow Waterfall Trail down the hill, admiring the green mossy rocks and maidenhair ferns. Follow Sycamore until you reach Lupine Loop Trail. Take a left, and return to the Visitor Center. 10

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The challenging hike to Snively’s Ridge pays off with 360-degree views of the Monterey Peninsula.

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Distance: 6 1/2 miles Time: 2 1/2 – 3 hours The most challenging of the hikes at Garland, Snively’s pays off big by taking you to the highest point in the park and 360-degree views of the Peninsula. Begin at the Visitor Center, and continue to Shortcut Trail. At the end of the Shortcut Trail, follow signs for Maple Canyon Trail. Pass the fireplace remains of the old homestead site. Shortly after, come to the Sage Trail. Turn right, follow Sage Trail passing Fern Trail, to Sky Trail. Walk up Sky Trail until you reach Snively’s Ridge Trail. To descend, go back toward Sky Trail and continue down on Mesa Trail, past Fern Trail on your left, until you see Buckeye Trail.CarmelCalifornia.com/RunsHikesWalks 11


point Lobos State Reserve

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Point Lobos offers easy-to-moderate hiking and walking trails, access to pocket beaches, and views of marine life. The reserve designation means that Point Lobos is “an area embracing outstanding natural or scenic characteristics of statewide significance.” It’s been famously called the most glorious meeting of land and sea, and the crown jewel of the state park system.

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Distance: 6 miles Time: 3–5 hours Take in all the wonders along the seaside edges of the park with the Perimeter loop hike. Start at the Whalers Cove parking lot, where you’ll see a staircase going straight up a steep hill. That’s the beginning of the North Shore Trail. Continue on North Shore Trail, taking a minor detour into the wonderful cypress trees on the Cypress Grove Trail. Continue on the South Shore Trail to the Bird Island Trail. Then head toward the entrance station via the South Plateau Trail to the Carmelo Meadow Trail, which intersects with Granite Point Trail, where you go left. Follow the trail past the Whalers Cabin to Cabin Trail, and then turn right onto North Shore Trail, where you reach your starting point. Distance: 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 miles Time: 45 minutes–1 hour Begin at the Bird Island Parking Lot and go left toward the southern section of the park, where you’ll see the frequently photographed China Cove. Go left onto the South Plateau, which winds through Monterey Pine forest and scattered coast live oaks. Go left on Pine Ridge Trail, and then left again onto Mound Meadow Trail, where it ends at a very rare coastal prairie. Go left on South Shore Trail, which takes you back to the starting point. 12

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The south side of Point Lobos

Northern Park Loop

Distance: 3 miles Time: 1 hour Begin at Whalers Cove parking lot, and head up the staircase to North Shore Trail. Continue until you see Lace Lichen Trail and go left. Wind through Monterey pines and coast live oaks decorated with green-gray lichen, until you reach the road. Go right and stay on the road until reaching Carmelo Meadow Trail and go left, ending at Granite Point Trail. Go left again and end at parking lot. Cypress Cove

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One of the most popular trails in Monterey County is also the longest recreational path in the area with stunning ocean views. This former railroad track stretches 18 miles with a twolane paved road and an adjacent hard dirt surface — from the artichoke fields of Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove’s Lover’s Point in the south.

Distance: 6 miles (out & back) Time: 1 – 1 1/2 hours The northern trek on the Rec Trail offers a diversified landscape. Starting relatively high atop Seaside Beach, the Rec Trail bends along the water and through sand dunes before dropping along a long and gradual switchback. The path then borders Del Monte Avenue for an industrial stretch that gives way to a towering eucalyptus grove, the grassy Window on the Bay overlooking Del Monte Beach, and then the Fisherman’s Wharf turnaround. 14

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The northern part of the Rec Trail bends around sand dunes and water with views of Monterey Bay.

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Distance: 5 miles (out & back) Time: 1 – 1 1/2 hours As beautiful a stretch of walkable coastline as there is, this flat there-and-back starts with gorgeous aesthetics and keeps them coming. First it’s the colorful pastels of Fisherman’s Wharf set against the harbor’s boats, seals, and sea lions, then the Coast Guard Pier, San Carlos Beach, historic Cannery Row, and the landmark Monterey Bay Aquarium. As buildings give way to the rugged coastline, wider ocean views emerge as you head toward Pacific Grove. Colorful succulents, crashing waves, and peoplewatching keep you entertained all the way to Lovers Point where you turn around and come back.

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Asilomar state Beach

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Asilomar State Beach is a local favorite for runs and walks with incredible coastal views and side paths that lead to tide pools with a diverse range of sea life. It is also dogfriendly, but dogs must remain leashed at all times. And don’t miss the quarter-mile boardwalk at Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve to learn about the area’s unique ecosystem.

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Asilomar Natural Dunes Preserve

Distance: 2 miles (out & back) Time: 45 minutes–1 hour To access the coast trail, begin at the north end toward Pacific Grove. Walk down a set of wooden steps and meander along as waves roll in. Enjoy strands of washed-up kelp, sea cucumbers, and smooth stones as you go. Runoff usually forms a narrow stream of water draining into the ocean, so if you don’t want to get your feet wet, plan to step across a few stones mid-walk. When you’ve nearly run out of beach by Spanish Bay, you can stop to watch the surfers catch waves in the startling aquamarine water. Head back to the north end to complete the mellow loop. Distance: 1/4 mile Time: 20–30 minutes Walk or run on the boardwalk through 25 acres of restored sand dunes, where 450,000 native plants have been cultivated to help maintain the original ecosystem. Stop to rest at any number of benches and take in the panoramic views of Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay.

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The boardwalk meanders through sand dunes with views of Pebble Beach in the background

Park adjacent to the beach and coast trail on Sunset Drive; spots are generally easy to find. Depending on the time of day, you might have to walk a ¼ mile for easy beach access.

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jacks Peak County Park

Skyline Trail leads to incredible views of Monterey Bay

Jack’s Peak is the highest on the Monterey Peninsula at 1,068 feet and offers a peaceful outdoor experience. Lush Monterey pine forest—the largest native continuous forest of its kind in the world—frames the 8.5 miles of dirt roads and single-track trails, which all loop around in one way or another. Most trails enjoy dramatic views—some of the best in the region, including wide views of Monterey Bay, Carmel Valley, and even peeks of Point Lobos.

Skyline Trail

Jacks Peak Trail

Distance: 3/4 mile Time: 25 minutes Its starting point is easy to spot at the back of the Jacks Peak Parking Lot. A two-minute climb travels through a tall stand of pines, whose needles pad the trail, to a striking view of Monterey Bay, with an interpretive sign pointing out landmarks. A very short uphill trail behind it allows for another 15 feet of elevation and a grassy clearing. From the viewpoint, the trail drops down and widens and wraps around the southwestern edge of the park for views of Point Lobos, before snaking through juvenile pine and old oaks back to the parking area. Distance: 1/4 mile Time: 15 minutes This short and rewarding jaunt can be accessed from the same parking lot as Skyline, where it ducks left, climbs for a minute or two, and reaches a clearing in the pines predestined for picnics, with two time-honored benches and views of Carmel Bay.

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Garrapata State PArk

Few places command as much wonder for Mother Nature and offer dramatic ocean views as Garrapata State Park. The coastal trails on the west side of Highway 1 let you meander atop the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and are great for all ages and abilities. The more rugged east side offers incredible hikes into the Santa Lucia Mountain range but remains closed due to the 2016 Soberanes Fire.

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Distance: 2 1/2 miles Time: 1 1/2 hours Enter at gate 8, 9 ,or 10 off Highway 1. This trail is the easiest to find and is the most popular for photo ops. From gate 8, descend from the highway on the wooden staircase. Take a left heading south toward Whale Peak. The trail curves left for the lower slopes of Whale Peak and meanders south along the bluffs. Looking down below, you can pick out bobbing kelp heads 8 and craggy rocks among the surf while admiring Soberanes the pyramid shape of Point 9 Whale Peak to the south.

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running events in & Around Carmel-by-sea Big Sur International Marathon April • www.bsim.org Runner’s World magazine named Big Sur as one of the country’s top three marathons and has also been designated as the “best destination marathon” and most scenic marathon. Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay November • www.bsim.org Tour the scenic Monterey Bay coastline with a 13.1-mile run that includes iconic attractions in Monterey and Pacific Grove. Run in the Name of Love June • www.runinthenameoflove.org Featuring a 5k run and 2k walk winding through Carmel-by-theSea, this unique event offers participants the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the very special people in their lives. Rio Resolution Run January • www.riogrillsresolutionrun.com 6.5 mile footrace and a 3 mile family fun run, held annually on the first day of each year over a breathtaking, cross country course of trails and roads, in and around Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Fitness Studios IN CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA Go Figure Barre and Activewear Dolores between 7th & 8th • www.gofigurecarmel.com M.O.O.D. Inferno Hot Pilates Dolores between 7th & Ocean • www.moodinfernohotpilates.com Physique Exercise Salon Junipero between 3rd & 4th Ave • www.physiqueexercisesalon.com The Pilates Studio of Carmel SW Corner 7th & Lincoln • www.thepilatesstudioofcarmel.com

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Scenic Runs, Walks & Hikes In & Around Carmel-by-the-Sea  

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