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Carmel Mountain Preserve

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Gems in Carmel Mountain Preserve - 1

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gem Favorite Anton Knechtel (1823-1903) gravesite at sunset, enclosed by a new wood picket fence.

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 Running

  • 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
Carmel Valley, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #2Marvin Gerst Trail
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Ocean Air Elementary Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Carmel Mountain Rd to Little Shaw Valley
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #5Eucalyptus Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
0.5 mi 0.7 km #6Palacio Del Mar Overlook
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
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
Carmel Valley, CA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #9Dead Fish Wiggle
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
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
Carmel Valley, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #12Shorepoint Way Connector
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #13Carmel Valley South Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km #14Overlook Spur Trail
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA
Easy
Carmel Valley, CA

Photos of Carmel Mountain Preserve - 38

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Little Shaw Valley trail after March 2021 erosion repair work.
Apr 6, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
View northeast from the Clews Ranch Rim trail towards Black Mountain.
Apr 6, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
Anton Knechtel (1823-1903) gravesite at sunset, enclosed by a new wood picket fence.
Jan 23, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
Clews Views Ridge trail looking northeast with Black Mountain in the distance (center right).
Jan 23, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
View southeast parallel to Carmel Country Road on a day with good visibility.
Jan 23, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
Sunset viewed from Carmel Mesa Preserve.
Jan 23, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
Del Mar Mesa Equestrian trail near the top of Del Mar Mesa Rd.
Jan 23, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
Rare dusty pink sunset in Little Shaw Valley.
Jul 9, 2019 near Carmel…, CA