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Gems in Central Coast - 2

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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

(15) Soledad, CA
gem Favorite A juvenile california condor, as evidenced by the black head, glides on thermals around the High Peaks.

High Peaks Viewpoint

(6) Soledad, CA

Recommended Routes in Central Coast - 28

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Favorite Looking east from the Ewoldsen Trail, enjoy this great view.
Intermediate/Difficult

Ewoldsen Loop

4.8 mi 7.7 km 1,431' Up 436.13 m Up 1,430' Down 435.82 m Down

Carmel…, CA
Favorite Bluffs over the Pacific Ocean
Intermediate

Bluff - Rattlesnake Flats - Coon Creek Loop

7.5 mi 12.1 km 703' Up 214.18 m Up 707' Down 215.54 m Down

Los Osos, CA
Favorite Emerald waters!
Intermediate/Difficult

Molera Beach Super Loop

7.0 mi 11.3 km 1,142' Up 348.01 m Up 1,143' Down 348.3 m Down

Carmel…, CA
Favorite A view of the ocean from the top of the Gaviota Peak Fire Road
Intermediate/Difficult

Trespass - Gaviota Peak

6.7 mi 10.7 km 2,143' Up 653.2 m Up 2,143' Down 653.04 m Down

Buellton, CA
Favorite Sunrise along the Big Sur River at the Sykes Hot Springs location.
Difficult

Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs

19.5 mi 31.4 km 3,811' Up 1161.56 m Up 3,810' Down 1161.27 m Down

Carmel…, CA
Favorite Gaviota Peak in the distance.
Intermediate

Beach to Backcountry Trail

3.5 mi 5.6 km 908' Up 276.85 m Up 909' Down 276.93 m Down

Buellton, CA
Favorite The trail continues through the forest along the creek.
Intermediate/Difficult

Soberanes Canyon Loop

4.7 mi 7.6 km 1,752' Up 533.86 m Up 1,751' Down 533.82 m Down

Carmel-…, CA
Favorite Bluffs over the Pacific Ocean
Intermediate/Difficult

Bluff - Oats Peak Loop

9.4 mi 15.2 km 1,544' Up 470.61 m Up 1,519' Down 463.14 m Down

Los Osos, CA
Favorite Fort Ord Trail 30 Overlooking the Salinas River
Intermediate

Engineer Canyon to Station One Rd.

4.2 mi 6.7 km 436' Up 132.89 m Up 432' Down 131.56 m Down

Salinas, CA

Central Coast Hiking

  • 1,003 Miles 1,614 Kilometers of Trail
  • 28 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 88 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 262 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 62 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central Coast - 384

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1.8 mi 2.9 km #1Bluffs Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel Valley Village, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel Valley Village, CA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #2Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley Village, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley Village, CA
4.8 mi 7.8 km #3Trail 47 (Couch Canyon)
Intermediate
Del Rey Oaks, CA
Intermediate
Del Rey Oaks, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #4Lions Revenge Road
Easy
Marina, CA
Easy
Marina, CA
1.3 mi 2.0 km #5Wallace Creek Trail
Intermediate
Ford City, CA
Intermediate
Ford City, CA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #6Soda Lake Boardwalk
Easy
Ford City, CA
Easy
Ford City, CA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #7Soda Lake Overlook
Intermediate
Ford City, CA
Intermediate
Ford City, CA
8.8 mi 14.1 km #8Caliente Mountain Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Taft Heights, CA
Intermediate
Taft Heights, CA
2.3 mi 3.8 km #9Coalinga Mineral Springs NRT
Difficult
Coalinga, CA
Difficult
Coalinga, CA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #10Point Sal Overlook Hike
Intermediate/Difficult
Guadalupe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Guadalupe, CA

Photos of Central Coast - 456

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Bluffs over the Pacific Ocean
Apr 16, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Emerald waters!
Jul 1, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Sunset on the hillside at about the midpoint of the Vicente Flat Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, 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
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
A juvenile california condor, as evidenced by the black head, glides on thermals around the High Peaks.
Dec 1, 2018 near Soledad, CA
Wildflower season is amazing here.
Apr 22, 2019 near Carmel-…, CA