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Carmel Mountain Preserve

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Gems in Carmel Mountain Preserve - 1

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gem Favorite Grand Del Mar Resort is beautifully framed by mountains.

Anton Knechtel Gravesite

(1) Del Mar, CA

Recommended Routes in Carmel Mountain Preserve - 2

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Favorite Enjoy this 120-degree panorama of Peñasquitos Canyon at the end of Shaw Valley Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Three Bridges Loop to Los Peñasquitos Canyon

5.3 mi 8.6 km 558' Up 170.22 m Up 558' Down 169.93 m Down

Carmel…, CA
Favorite This is the steepest section of the trail.
Intermediate

Palacio Del Mar Views Loop

2.6 mi 4.2 km 248' Up 75.53 m Up 247' Down 75.25 m Down

Carmel…, CA

Carmel Mountain Preserve Hiking

  • 20 Miles 32 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 10 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Carmel Mountain Preserve - 14

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1.6 mi 2.6 km #1Shaw Valley Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
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1.7 mi 2.7 km #2Marvin Gerst Trail
Easy
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Easy
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0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Ocean Air Elementary Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
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1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Carmel Mountain Rd to Little Shaw Valley
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
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0.4 mi 0.6 km #5Eucalyptus Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
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0.5 mi 0.7 km #6Palacio Del Mar Overlook
Easy
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Easy
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0.2 mi 0.3 km #7Clews Views Ridge
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km #8Del Mar Mesa Equestrian Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
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0.2 mi 0.3 km #9Dead Fish Wiggle
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
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0.5 mi 0.7 km #10Palacio Del Mar Drop
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
1.2 mi 2.0 km #11Palacio Del Mar Equestrian Trail
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy
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0.4 mi 0.6 km #12Shorepoint Way Connector
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #13Carmel Valley South Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
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0.3 mi 0.4 km #14Overlook Spur Trail
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA

Photos of Carmel Mountain Preserve - 29

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Rare dusty pink sunset in Little Shaw Valley.
Jul 9, 2019 near Carmel…, CA
This is the steepest section of the trail.
Jul 1, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Grand Del Mar Resort is beautifully framed by mountains.
Feb 19, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
A dragonfly perches on a car antenna in Little Shaw Valley.
Feb 8, 2017 near Del Mar, CA
A butterfly enjoys nectar from a wildflower in Little Shaw Valley.
Feb 8, 2017 near Del Mar, CA
This is a different red plant that also blooms in late spring.
Feb 8, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Little Shaw Valley's normally dry creek runs strongly after heavy rain.
Feb 8, 2017 near Del Mar, CA
Eucalyptus trees line the drop to Little Shaw Valley
Jul 17, 2017 near Carmel…, CA