100 Miles of Trails
Forty four distinct trails meander through every terrain and microclimate within The Preserve.
|The Ranch Club maintains The Preserve’s 100+ miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Forty four distinct trails meander through every terrain and microclimate within The Preserve. Most of the trail heads have available parking, and some trails are restricted to pedestrian and/or equestrian use only. The concierge provides two-way radios in case assistance is necessary. Some favorite trails include:
The lower and upper portions of the trail are arid scrublands with scattered live oaks. The rolling hills provide many spectacular views of Carmel Valley and the bay. Spring brings an abundance of California Poppies and California Lupine.
Long Ridge Trail
The beginning of Long Ridge Trail is on arid grassland and oak savanna, but gradually changes to dense coastal live oak woodland. The vistas around the bends of the trail are exhilarating and provide excellent views of the mountains beyond The Preserve. The trail also runs near a small pond where waterfowl rest and eat. This is where migrant birds can be spotted during the spring.
Robert Louis Stevenson was wandering the hills while very ill. He was found by Jonathan Stewart, who nursed R.L.S. back to health in his cabin, which remains alongside the trail. Wild boar are often seen along the trial, and it ends in the redwood grove where the Midsummer Night's Dream event is held each summer.
Redwood Ridge Loop
This trail is very remote, and will immerse the hiker into an isolated forest clear from settlements. The hiking experience is similar to a trek through a marvelous redwood grove in Humboldt County..