Miramontes Point Trail
Miramontes Point Trail
Trailhead: At the public parking lot on Miramontes Point Rd.
Length: 1-2 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentleThe curb ramps where the trail crosses the hotel service road are steep.
DescriptionSeveral hundred feet down the trail from the parking lot, a spur trail leads left across a bridge over Cañada Verde Creek and travels for only a few hundred yards before becoming the golf cart route. From the bridge you'll have a lovely view of the ocean and, during rainy season, of a waterfall.
Back on the main trail, follow the signs for beach access and trail; other signs indicate the golf course route. After a few hundred feet you reach a platform overlooking a pristine beach, with stairs down to it. This is a lovely spot to linger. Next you’ll travel uphill; at the crest, the Ritz and some luxury homes come into view. The trail is level from here until you reach the hotel, where it passes between the bluff’s edge and the hotel.
Beyond the hotel you cross an access road and turn left, passing along the east side of some hotel buildings and bungalows. At this point the trail climbs very steeply to a wooden bridge; on the other side, it becomes inaccessible. Unless you want to see some of the hotel grounds, I recommend that you turn around before you cross the service road and retrace your route, with a stop at the Ritz to have a drink on the patio.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking: YesSeveral accessible spaces are in the small lot on Miramontes Point Rd. The Ritz Carlton Hotel makes parking spaces, including accessible spaces, available for Coastal Trail hikers from sunrise to sunset. At the hotel gatehouse, the greeter will give you an access code and directions to the appropriate garage. If the gatehouse is unattended or you can’t access the keypad, or if no accessible spaces are available, talk to staff at the hotel’s valet area.
Accessible Restroom: YesAn accessible portable toilet is near the trailhead at the lot on Miramontes Point Rd.
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Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, May 27, 2014
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