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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Address: 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
Phone Number: +1 831-372-3196
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Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties,...

Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland acquisition. The park was purchased in 1975 from William Garland II, who generously gifted a portion of the cost by reducing the purchase price to below fair market value. An eminent southern California community leader, Mr. Garland spent many summers with his family on the "ranch". This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply. Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. Garzas Creek gently bisects the park and provides a peaceful, shaded trail that reaches a secluded side canyon of redwoods. The park is also home to a wide variety of insects, birds, plants and animals, descendants of the first residents. Species lists of common birds, mammals, and plants are available at the Visitor Center or the District Museum, both located in the park. Throughout the park there are reminders of Carmel Valley's past: Rumsen Indian habitation sites; homestead, hunting and logging remains; livestock trails, ponds and springs; and Rancho Don Juan.There is a ranger/volunteer staff to help you enjoy your visit. The District provides both in-class environmental education programs and outdoor interpretive hikes and other events for all ages.Day use activities include hiking, photography, horseback riding, jogging, walking, bird watching, painting and simple solitude, and limited mountain bike riding in the Cooper Ranch area. A small visitor center is located at Garland and staffed by volunteers.

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Garzas Canyon to Redwood Canyon hike

We hiked from West Garzas Road up Garzas Canyon Trail to the intersection with Oakview Trail. The views were absolutely fantastic. Then we hiked back down and followed the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked from West Garzas Road up Garzas Canyon Trail to the intersection with Oakview Trail. The views were absolutely fantastic. Then we hiked back down and followed the Redwood Canyon Trail to the end. Beautiful redwoods along the canyon floor. We hiked back out along the Terrace Trail. All in all an excellent morning walk.

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. There are so many trails at every level offering great views, landscape and work out. I have hiked from the main entrance and also from the south entrance by the Trail and Saddle Club. There is so much to explore. Be sure and pick up the loaner maps at the Visitor's Center. It's easy to get... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Garland Park has many trails & many entrances. From the main entrance you'll see lots of cars. However, the park is large & not crowded. Many times on trails I will pass no one. There is also a nice picnic area at the main entrance if you don't want to hike or walk the trails. You can sit & enjoy... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must hike Garland at least once a week. It's about 4 miles from the center of the village, but is very easy to reach and parking is plentiful. The trails here are either flat on the valley floor or 15% steep vertical. You will definitely get a solid days workout if you make it all the way to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Loved hiking here! Pet friendly! Amazing views and weather ! We hiked up to the seasonal waterfall and i fell in love !!! I go there every Saturday now and will continue too do so.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We hiked to top of Snivles Ridge, summit isn't on map, so asked docent how to get the there, then you won't feel bad you missed it by a few hundred feet. :) Great views of the valley.

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Thank ddsharp50
Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We did a nice 3.5 mile hike to the waterfall (although it was dry this time of year). Not too strenuous, gorgeous views. Wished we had more time to explore.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

You can pick a hike from a few hundred yards to many miles. The new visitor center and the surrounding interpretive exhibits are only a few hundred yards from the parking lot. Trail maps are available for purchase or loan. There are a couple of 1 mile trails on the flat river bottom if you only have a few minutes... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great way to get some exercise after indulging in everything that Carmel has to offer! There were walkers, runners, and people on horseback. Very peaceful and you don't notice a lot of tourists, a big plus!!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a great hike along the Buckeye nature trail and wove around a few trails to get to the currently dry water fall trail. Lots of shade once you get up into the hills. We saw signs about the process native Americans would use grind up buckeye seeds and acorns. It was very interesting. We found acorns and tried... More 

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