Carmel River State Beach
Trailhead: The turnoff to this trailhead, a driveway on the west side of Highway 1, is easy to miss. Coming from the south, look for a grove of eucalyptus trees and a little red schoolhouse one mile past Point Lobos State Natural Reserve; turn into the schoolhouse driveway. Coming from the north, the turnoff is three-tenths of a mile from Ribera Road. Park in the small parking area north of the school. For the best access to the trail, pass through a gate to the left of the official trailhead, onto a moderately steep paved driveway. A sign marks the driveway as private, but according to State Parks you may use it to get to the alternative trailhead, though parking alongside it is not permitted. Continue along the driveway for 150 feet to the trailhead.
Length: Under one mile total
Typical Width: 4 ft. & aboveSpur trails are less than 3 feet
Typical Grade: GentleThe approach to the trail has a moderate slope, and spurs at the north end are moderately steep.
Terrain: FirmFirm and smooth for all but the final loop, about 0.1 mile, which is hard but rough (gravel)
DescriptionMostly used by locals, this trail feels somewhat off the beaten tourist path and may be a welcome change from more popular sites in Monterey County. About half of the trail travels behind large homes that blend tastefully into the hillside, allowing views of Carmel to the north and Point Lobos to the south to draw your attention....
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach Wheelchair: Yes
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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|California State Parks
|Carmelo St., Carmel
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Did You Know?
Spanish Explorers and missionaries once commonly visited Carmel River Beach. Resting atop Cross Hill is a modern cross commemorating the one placed in 1602 by explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno.
Reviewed by Ann Sieck, October 14, 2009
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