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Palacio Del Mar Views Loop



2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer loop
95% Runnable


Ascent: 248' 76 m
Descent: -247' -75 m
High: 316' 96 m
Low: 91' 28 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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Trail shared by Matthew Kidd

A nice neighborhood walk/run with some views and limited vehicular noise.

Matthew Kidd

Features Views · Wildflowers


This is a nice quick loop that is especially good for a little exercise after work.


This loop can be done in either direction, but I slightly prefer the counterclockwise direction because this means descending the Palacio Del Mar Drop trail with the late afternoon sunlight illuminating the grasses and wildflowers during the season when I most often do this loop.

Begin at a parking lot at the start of Clews Ranch Rd. Head up the Marvin Gerst to Shaw Valley Connector to pass under Carmel Mountain Rd and turn on to the Del Mar Mesa Equestrian Trail which has a short steep climb at the beginning. You can stay on the Del Mar Mesa Equestrian Trail the entire way but the views are better from the Palacio Del Mar Overlook as mapped.

Briefly rejoin the Del Mar Mesa Equestrian Trail and then begin the Palacio Del Mar Drop which has a steep section near the bottom. Finish the loop on the Palacio Del Mar Equestrian Trail and then hop Carmel Mountain Rd to return to the parking lot via a short stretch of sidewalk or alternatively head north a short distance to cross at the crosswalk which rates to be safer if you have kids in tow.

This is a 3-star run from about December to May after it has rained and turned green, and a 2-star run the rest of the year.

Flora & Fauna

Sunflowers and wild mustard.

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This is the steepest section of the trail.
Jul 1, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Rare dusty pink sunset in Little Shaw Valley.
Jul 9, 2019 near Carmel…, CA
The public trail follows the perimeter of the Palacio Del Mar gated community.
Jul 1, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
The Palacio Del Mar development soaks in the sun on a partly clear day.
Feb 9, 2017 near Del Mar, CA
In some places the trail skirts the edge of development.
Jul 1, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
This underpass goes to a place called Clews Ranch.
Mar 25, 2019 near Carmel…, CA


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