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Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Lots of poison oak

We started at the entrance off Boronda Road as we knew it would not be as crowded as the main park... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
1219Robin
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Pacific Grove, California
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Great park for exercise

This park is near to Carmel Valley, and has plenty of trails to choose from, requiring varying... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
MisterManHK
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Hong Kong
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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...more
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700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We started at the entrance off Boronda Road as we knew it would not be as crowded as the main park entrance. We went up Verdeen trail and came upon a rattle snake that was not getting off the trail. We went back to the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 1219Robin
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

This park is near to Carmel Valley, and has plenty of trails to choose from, requiring varying degrees of effort. Bridle paths abound for those that like horse riding. Good signage information at points to show different plants and trees. Loan maps available at the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MisterManHK
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful spot. Good free parking, a crystal clear river to paddle your feet in after a long hike, and a great visitor centre with so much info. There are restrooms, too. We did a six mile loop up and down. Up via...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

Garland Park is a great place for walks and hikes on the Monterey Peninsula. This dog- and horse-friendly site features trails that span the shaded Carmel River, stands of cottonwoods and sycamore on an old floodplain, and trails that climb into oak- and maple-studded foothills...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Robert N
Reviewed January 22, 2018

You can hike easily and comfortably on mainly flat walks or you can pick something more challenging. It's all available here. Beautiful scenery, water falls (when it's not dried out), and many varied hikes. (The lower trails tend to have lots of dog walkers, but...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Judy C
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

Uphill hike that gave a good workout. View at the top was fabulous with panoramic views from the top.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Toni M
Reviewed December 28, 2017

My husband and I used to visit this park with our dogs when we lived in the area 20 years ago. Back in the area, we made sure to hike there again (without dogs). It was such a nice hike. As before, we encountered a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank T P M
Reviewed December 26, 2017

Wide open spaces for walking, running and hiking. If you bring your dog, be sure to bring towels as they will likely jump into a river and frolic with the other dogs there.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 556danaa
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

They have great hikes and wonderful place to walk dogs on the flat area. Great exercise! There is a information center with free maps and a large bowl of water for dogs. I enjoy bringing my dog here and walking about on the flat trail...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Sebastian3962
Reviewed August 14, 2017

Beautiful park. The parking lot is big. I went on a weekend and there was no problem finding a space. There are many hiking trails. They range from easy to moderate/strenuous.

Date of experience: August 2017
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samjean2014
September 29, 2016|
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Response from Mike B | Reviewed this property |
Access is limited to daylight hours from sunrise to sunset. No overnight use or camping is permitted. Almost all of the park is now open. There are a couple of areas still closed due to the fire, but they are quite a ways... More
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samjean2014
September 29, 2016|
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Response from Areya W | Reviewed this property |
No permit for access to most of the park (parking on CVR, you have access to visitor center, bathrooms and many miles of easy to very challenging trails). Last I knew, a permit is required access to backlands, outer reaches... More
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Bobadore
November 9, 2015|
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Response from Christine M | Reviewed this property |
You need to trailer in your own horses and use the trails at Garland Park. Trail rides to the public are offered at Pebble Beach Equestrian Center and Andrew Molera State Park (near Big Sur.) Trail rides are walking only.
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