Join us for an 8-mile moderate hike through Carmel Valley. Centrally located near Hwy 5 and the 56, this walk offers the best of all worlds: varied terrain, free parking, no crowds and minimal asphalt.
Parking: There is a small parking lot at the park. If that is full, continue along Del Vino Court, turn right at the second stop sign (Rancho Toyon Pl) and park anywhere on that street.
Restrooms: Restrooms are available in the parking area and at mile 6.
Route description: The first mile of the walk takes us through a quiet neighborhood along a natural trail. We then head behind the houses and down a moderate hill into the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. From there, we’ll head west along the trails and then up onto Carmel Mountain Road for a rest stop at Copa Vida coffee shop at about mile 6. We then loop back through another neighborhood along natural trails to our starting point.