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A track with diverse scenery, chaparral, and forest, following along the creek with great ocean views from the hill top.


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Map Key

2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Point to Point

1,827' 557 m

High

110' 34 m

Low

1,717' 523 m

Up

1,124' 342 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly This trail provides an easy hike, diverse landscapes, and great views that the whole family will love.

Currently affected by 2016 wildfires, this trail might be closed for some time.

Description

Rocky Ridge Trail starts by going uphill from the first intersection straight from the Highway 1 parking area. If you're setting out on a full Soberanes Canyon Loop, taking this trail first will allow you to complete the loop clockwise. The ascent goes across several hills surrounded by wildflowers in springtime and leaving the ocean at your back. Along the way, there's a nice vista point with a bench to stop and enjoy the view.

From Doud Peak, the track has a long descent to the junction with Soberanes Canyon Trail and into the redwoods, a beautiful and refreshing way to complete a loop.

Notes: Trail signs are generally absent. The only signs are near the trailhead, so bring a paper map or use the Hiking Project mobile app to stay oriented. Beware of the poison oak.

Flora & Fauna

Many springtime wildflowers, cobweb thistle, and poison oak.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Montero

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 4 votes

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Trail Rankings

#693

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#8,054

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Photos

The view from the top of the climb.
Sep 7, 2016 near Carmel-…, CA
Sunset hike.
Nov 22, 2016 near Carmel-…, CA
View looking back at the ocean from atop the scramble past the redwoods.
Dec 25, 2019 near Carmel-…, CA
Midway between the parking and the Rocky Trail... Meandering stream that we have to cross many times.
Dec 25, 2019 near Carmel-…, CA
Great views.
Nov 22, 2016 near Carmel-…, CA
Rocky Ridge Trail.
Nov 22, 2016 near Carmel-…, CA

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Apr 1, 2018
Brooke Tonks
Not sure if I did this one or this and the sobranes trail but it was an epic view.
Apr 24, 2015
Luke AT
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