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gem Favorite Heading down into the cave.

Bear Gulch Cave

(13) Soledad, CA
gem Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!

High Peaks Viewpoint

(6) Soledad, CA

Recommended Routes in Central Coast - 25

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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 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 Early morning view of Laguna Lake from 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 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 View looking back at the ocean from atop the scramble past the redwoods.
Intermediate/Difficult

Soberanes Canyon Loop

4.7 mi 7.6 km 1,752' Up 533.86 m Up 1,751' Down 533.82 m Down

Carmel-…, CA
Favorite View of Bixby Bridge.
Difficult

Big Sur Trail Marathon

26.2 mi 42.1 km 5,576' Up 1699.55 m Up 5,575' Down 1699.13 m Down

Carmel…, 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 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

Central Coast Running

  • 805 Miles 1,296 Kilometers of Trail
  • 25 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 94 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 190 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 34 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central Coast - 293

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5.0 mi 8.1 km #1High Peaks Trail
Difficult
Soledad, CA
Difficult
Soledad, CA
0.2 mi 0.4 km #2Bear Gulch Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
4.7 mi 7.5 km #3Cerro Alto
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA
Intermediate
Atascadero, CA 13 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #4Bluff Trail
Easy
Los Osos, CA
Easy
Los Osos, CA 12 
5.0 mi 8.1 km #5Kirk Creek Trail #4E17
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
King City, CA 10 
0.8 mi 1.4 km #6North Shore Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Soberanes Point Main Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Cypress Grove Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #9Balconies Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #10Beebe Trail
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA
Intermediate
Los Osos, CA

Photos of Central Coast - 443

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Climbing the Rattlesnake Flats Trail
Apr 16, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Emerald waters!
Jul 1, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Bluffs over the Pacific Ocean
Apr 16, 2015 near Los Osos, CA
Sunset on the hillside at about the midpoint of the Vicente Flat Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA
Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Jan 27, 2016 near Soledad, 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
The McWay Falls Viewpoint offers a beautiful look up the California Coast.
Mar 31, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Starting early on the trail, the views of the Pacific Ocean get pretty amazing.
Nov 10, 2015 near King City, CA