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“Great Place for a Hike Any Time of Year”

Garland Ranch Regional Park
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Owner description: 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.
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 lot of people in the flat area but not many in the upper elevations.

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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.

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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 areas.

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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.

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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

Garland uses both the land Garland donated plus hiking easements from other landowners.

We should have had more than sneakers as some of the trails are so dusty they are slippery.

Even though bikes are allowed we did not have them zooming around. Mostly couples and dogs out for a Sunday walk. Very pleasant with lots of shade and no entry fee.

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