There is only one trailhead, so you're looking at an in and out backcountry walk. The total elevation difference for Carmel River Trail is 3,023 feet, and that is higher than average. With its 29.4 miles of walking distance; it's longer than many hiking trails. This backcountry hike should take you about 4.5 days, so it's a wonderful thing if your backpack is big enough to do the job. Now this hiking and backpacking trail is pretty long, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. Carmel River Trail goes through some very different elevations, and that means that some parts of the hiking trail could be very different from other parts of it. At parts of the year this vicinity sees very little rain, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire.
Total in and out hiking length = 29.4 miles
Total climbing distance = 12.9 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
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Total elevation difference: 3023 feet
This is a view from the campground a few miles into the hike, I'm not sure what the camp ground was called but it was very pretty.
This is a bit of a scary but very beautiful section that comes a bit south of the lake.
This picture is taken a couple of miles into the hike after you've left the lake behind.
This is a shot from soon after you leave the dam behind, you can't see it in the picture but the trail kinda follows the right side of the lake.