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480 mi 772 km of trail 22 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 155 Trails Intermediate Trails 117 Trails Hard Trails 8 Trails
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gem Favorite Though you'll have to navigate tight clearances, Bear Gulch Cave provides both a respite from the sweltering heat and the unique opportunity to explore a talus cave.

Bear Gulch Cave

(12) Soledad, CA
gem Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!

High Peaks Viewpoint

(4) Soledad, CA

Featured Hikes in Central Coast - 20

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Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult

High Peaks

5.1 mi 8.2 km • Out and Back • 1,444 ft Ascent 440.22 m Ascent

(32) Soledad, CA
Favorite Sunrise breakfast on the summit.
Intermediate

Bishop Peak Trail

1.7 mi 2.7 km • Point to Point • 830 ft Ascent 252.93 m Ascent

(15) San Lui…, CA
Favorite Sunrise along the Big Sur River at the Sykes Hot Springs location.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs

19.5 mi 31.4 km • Out and Back • 3,811 ft Ascent 1161.56 m Ascent

(8) Carmel…, CA
Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult

Balconies and High Peaks Loop

9.0 mi 14.4 km • Loop • 1,718 ft Ascent 523.76 m Ascent

(7) Soledad, CA
Favorite Pinnacles National Park on the Balconies trail.
Intermediate

Balconies Cave Loop

2.6 mi 4.3 km • Loop • 400 ft Ascent 121.84 m Ascent

(13) Soledad, CA
Favorite Emerald waters!
Intermediate

Molera Beach Super Loop

7.0 mi 11.3 km • Loop • 1,142 ft Ascent 348.01 m Ascent

(12) Carmel…, CA
Favorite Looking east from the Ewoldsen Trail, enjoy this great view.
Intermediate

Ewoldsen Loop

4.8 mi 7.7 km • Loop • 1,431 ft Ascent 436.13 m Ascent

(7) Carmel…, CA
Favorite Bluffs over the Pacific Ocean
Intermediate

Bluff - Rattlesnake Flats - Coon Creek Loop

7.5 mi 12.1 km • Loop • 703 ft Ascent 214.18 m Ascent

(5) Los Osos, CA

Trails in Central Coast - 258

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0.2 mi 0.4 km #1Bear Gulch Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.4 km Soledad, CA
5.0 mi 8.1 km #2High Peaks Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Soledad, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
5.0 mi 8.1 km Soledad, CA
2.1 mi 3.4 km #3Bluff Trail
Easy
Los Osos, CA
Easy
2.1 mi 3.4 km Los Osos, CA 11 
4.7 mi 7.5 km #4Cerro Alto
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA
Intermediate
4.7 mi 7.5 km Atascadero, CA 11 
5.0 mi 8.1 km #5Vicente Flat Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
5.0 mi 8.1 km King City, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #6Balconies Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Soledad, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Soberanes Point Main Trail
Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.1 km Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Cypress Grove Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
0.8 mi 1.4 km #9North Shore Trail
Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.4 km Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #10Pecho Coast Trail
Intermediate
Avila Beach, CA
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.7 km Avila Beach, CA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #11Manzanita Park Outer Loop
Easy
Prunedale, CA
Easy
2.7 mi 4.3 km Prunedale, CA
0.1 mi 0.1 km #12Lover's Lookout Trail
Easy
Pismo Beach, CA
Easy
0.1 mi 0.1 km Pismo Beach, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #13Beebe Trail
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA
Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.8 km Los Osos, CA
1.1 mi 1.7 km #14Oak Woodland Trail
Easy/Intermediate
San Luis Obispo, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.7 km San Luis Obispo, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #15Manzanita Trail
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA
Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Los Osos, CA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #16Trail 33
Easy
Salinas, CA
Easy
0.1 mi 0.2 km Salinas, CA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #17Gaviota Peak Fire Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Buellton, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
3.0 mi 4.9 km Buellton, CA
1.8 mi 3.0 km #18Juniper Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Soledad, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.8 mi 3.0 km Soledad, CA
3.3 mi 5.2 km #19Ewoldsen Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley Village, CA
Intermediate
3.3 mi 5.2 km Carmel Valley Village, CA
1.0 mi 1.5 km #20South Shore Trail
Easy
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Easy
1.0 mi 1.5 km Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Photos of Central Coast - 392

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Looking back toward the trailhead, we can see we're starting to gain elevation above the stream valley.
Jun 29, 2017 near Los Olivos, CA
Sunset on the hillside at about the midpoint of the Vicente Flat Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Emerald waters!
Jul 1, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Bluffs over the Pacific Ocean
Apr 16, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Sunrise breakfast on the summit.
Jan 21, 2016 near San Lui…, CA
Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Jan 27, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Starting early on the trail, the views of the Pacific Ocean get pretty amazing.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Wildflower season is amazing here.
Apr 22, 2019 near Carmel-…, CA

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