Carmel Hotels By The Sea Lodging - Bed & Breakfast
Monte Verde Street, Between Ocean and 7th Avenues
Carmel, California, 93921, United States
831-624-6046 or 800-328-7707
Fax: 831-624-6904

Day Hiking Near Carmel

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Do you like to walk in the shallows and tide pools or are you are a serious hiker? Are you travelling alone or in a group? Are you happily half of a romantic couple? Travelling with family, kids, and pets?

To experience the fantastic landscapes, seascapes, and legendary vistas of Monterey, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the Carmel and Salinas Valleys, one must go walkabout. Monterey County offers parks, guided nature and wildlife adventures, and hiking trails for everyone, from beach and sand strolls to challenging elevations rewarded with breathtaking views.

Day Hike Provisions

Wear layered clothing so it's easy to cool off. Comfortable sneakers or hiking boots, and don't forget your hat!

Bring water (very important!), sunblock, snacks, maybe a sandwich, and always sunscreen, in a small daypack.

Hiking for Everyone

Point Lobos State Reserve
Only three miles from Carmel. Lots of short trail walks and long challenging hikes in this “crown jewel” of the Monterey County park system.
Wikipedia page

Limekiln State Park
Limekiln State Park's ancient redwood forests are Big Sur's best-kept secret. Two short hiking trails and a fantastic beach.
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Kid-Friendly Hikes

Jacks Peak County Park
Park close to the peak and stroll to the top.
See the Monterey County Parks map of Jacks Peak County Park trails.
Wikipedia page

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Easy and beautiful!
Wikipedia page

Pinnacles National Park
Moses Spring Trail educational walk, great for kids.
See the National Park Service Pinnacles National Park website for a detailed list of hike options in the area.
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Hikes for Romantics

Andrew Molera State Park
Hike along the cliffs to Big Sur. Views and beaches to swoon over.
Wikipedia page

Garrapata State Park
A seven-mile hike through redwood-filled canyons and the Big Sur coastline.
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Waterfalls, redwoods, and romance!
Wikipedia page

For Serious Hikers

Toro Park
Only 13 miles from Carmel. A nine-mile hike with an 1800 foot elevation gain.
County parks website

Garland Ranch Regional Park
A dog-friendly park in the Carmel Valley. Steep hikes with panoramic views from the top.
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District page
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Read more information about Carmel parks and beaches.

Book a Hiking Weekend at Our Carmel Inns

Our two little Carmel hotels - Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel - are in central Carmel - a great "base camp" for your next Monterey Peninsula hiking adventure. Our dog-friendly hotels are great for family, individuals, and couples.

View our Carmel inn rooms.