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560 mi 901 km of trail 23 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 83 Trails Intermediate Trails 189 Trails Hard Trails 34 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

Recommended Routes in Central Coast - 21

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Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Difficult

High Peaks

5.1 mi 8.2 km 1,444' Up 440.22 m Up 1,447' Down 440.95 m Down

Soledad, CA
Favorite Sunrise breakfast on the summit.
Intermediate

Bishop Peak Trail

1.7 mi 2.7 km 830' Up 252.93 m Up 44' Down 13.44 m Down

San Lui…, CA
Favorite Pinnacles National Park on the Balconies trail.
Intermediate

Balconies Cave Loop

2.6 mi 4.3 km 400' Up 121.84 m Up 399' Down 121.74 m Down

Soledad, 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 3,811' Up 1161.56 m Up 3,810' Down 1161.27 m Down

Carmel…, 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 Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Difficult

Balconies and High Peaks Loop

9.0 mi 14.4 km 1,718' Up 523.76 m Up 1,718' Down 523.74 m Down

Soledad, CA
Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Intermediate

High Peaks Loop from West Chaparral Parking

4.2 mi 6.8 km 1,259' Up 383.62 m Up 1,258' Down 383.57 m Down

Soledad, CA
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

Trails in Central Coast - 283

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0.2 mi 0.4 km #1Bear Gulch Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
5.0 mi 8.1 km #2High Peaks Trail
Difficult
Soledad, CA
Difficult
Soledad, CA
2.1 mi 3.4 km #3Bluff Trail
Easy
Los Osos, CA
Easy
Los Osos, CA 12 
5.0 mi 8.1 km #4Kirk Creek Trail #4E17
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA 10 
4.7 mi 7.5 km #5Cerro Alto
Intermediate/Difficult
Atascadero, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Atascadero, CA 11 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #6Soberanes Point Main Trail
Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #7Balconies Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Cypress Grove Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
0.8 mi 1.4 km #9North Shore Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #10Manzanita Park Outer Loop
Easy
Prunedale, CA
Easy
Prunedale, CA
0.1 mi 0.1 km #11Lover's Lookout Trail
Easy
Pismo Beach, CA
Easy
Pismo Beach, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #12Beebe Trail
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA
1.1 mi 1.7 km #13Oak Woodland Trail
Intermediate
San Luis Obispo, CA
Intermediate
San Luis Obispo, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #14Manzanita Trail
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #15Trail 33
Easy
Salinas, CA
Easy
Salinas, CA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #16Gaviota Peak Fire Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Buellton, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Buellton, CA
3.3 mi 5.2 km #17Ewoldsen Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley Village, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley Village, CA
1.0 mi 1.5 km #18South Shore Trail
Easy
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Easy
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
1.8 mi 3.0 km #19Juniper Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Soledad, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Soledad, CA
0.9 mi 1.5 km #20"M" Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
San Luis Obispo, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
San Luis Obispo, CA

Photos of Central Coast - 433

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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
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
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
Wildflower season is amazing here.
Apr 22, 2019 near Carmel-…, CA
Looking down at the ocean and some california poppies early on in the journey up East Molera Trail
Apr 11, 2019 near Carmel…, CA