There are some fabulous hiking trails around the Carmel and Big Sur area. One of the favorites for locals and visitors alike is Soberanes Canyon Trail. This fabulous trailhead is just 8 miles south of downtown Carmel by the Sea on the way to Big Sur. Simply pull over, park your car and off you go. The trail is 4.7 miles and leads hikers through impressive Redwoods and then heads uphill above the tree line with spectacular views of the coastline. If you can get it on a good day without any fog you will be amazed at the dynamic Big Sur coast and the massive Pacific Ocean.