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July 1

San Carlos Cathedral - Mission Carmel

  • Distance: 6 miles

  • Elevation: Ascent 607 ft; Descent 591 ft

  • Schedule: Schedule: 7:00 Breakfast/Pack; 8:00 Depart; 11:00 Arrival and Tour; 12:00 Mass;  (Arrive to Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center by 6:00)

  • Description: The final stretch!  We will get an early start to get down to Mission Carmel in time to celebrate the feast of St Junipero Serra!  Today’s journey consists mostly of neighborhood roads, until we get to Mission Trail Park, where we walk through the woods on the Serra Trail right to the door of the Mission.  There aren’t many places for rest stops or water, but it is a short walk – just two or three hours.  As on other days, it can be foggy or overcast; be prepared for weather fluctuations.  With the exception of a couple parts with traffic, it is a safe day for families. 

  • Conclusion: After mass and a tour at Mission Carmel, we will have a lunch nearby to conclude the Camino.  Transportation will be provided to get back to Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center by 6pm.  Accommodations are available at Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center for those who need.
    Suggested hotels for those not staying at the above provided accommodations:

    Best Western Inn: 1655 El Camino Real Santa Clara 408-244-3366
    Holiday Inn Express: 2455 El Camino Real Santa Clara 844-202-3242

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