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Ewoldsen Trail

Intermediate
 4.8 (4)

A trail through redwood groves that gives way to coastal views and chaparral covered hillsides.


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.2

KM

Point to Point

1,528' 466 m

High

271' 83 m

Low

1,257' 383 m

Up

689' 210 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

From the parking lot and slightly beyond the bathrooms, find the sign indicating Ewoldsen Trail. The trail initially passes through a picnic area with several picnic tables and BBQ stations. At the end of the picnic area is a small water crossing protected by some wood boards laid across the creek. After crossing the creek, continue along the trail passing Canyon Falls Trail.

A little passed the Canyon Falls Trail junction is a sign indicating "Ewoldsen Loop." Head either right or left to continue on the trail. Either way you are hiking up! Follow the loop all the way around, passed the junction for the Overlook Trail and the Waters Trail, until you end up back at the "Ewoldsen Loop" sign. From there, head back down the trail to the parking lot.

Along the trail, you'll make several creek crossings over bridges and have opportunities to take in some views of the California coast and of several redwood groves.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers interspersed among redwood groves giving way to chaparral-covered hillsides. You may see some California Condors if you are lucky! Be careful, however, not to confuse the Turkey Vultures for the Condors.

Contacts

Land Manager: California State Parks

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Quin TCM

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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Photos

Looking east from the Ewoldsen Trail, enjoy this great view.
Mar 31, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Ewoldsen Trail.
Apr 7, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Ewoldsen Trail.
Apr 7, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Canyon Falls
Apr 7, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
The Ewoldsen Trail bends and curves its way through the mountains.
Mar 31, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Beautiful view of ocean from Ewoldson Loop.
Mar 17, 2016 near Carmel…, CA

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Jan 1, 2015
Garrett S
Aug 5, 2013
Lou Poulas
Time approximate, one of favorite hikes all time 5.1mi — 3h 00m