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“Great park for exercise”

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 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 Visitor Centre. Open dawn to dusk.

Thank MisterManHK
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"poison oak"
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"visitor center"
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"carmel river"
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"great hiking"
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"hiking trails"
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"nice hike"
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"great place to hike"
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"beautiful vistas"
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"wild flowers"
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"main entrance"
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"love this place"
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"well marked trails"
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"elevation changes"
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"ride horses"
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"mile hike"
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"valley floor"
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"clean restrooms"
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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 the following trails: Lupine - Waterfall - Garzas Canyon - Snively's Ridge. Then down on Sky - Sage - Maple Canyon - Lupine. Wonderful.

A well kept, beautiful regional park.

Thank breweruk
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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 with nice views. Hikes can range from a half-hour to a full day, depending on your interest and energy. A modern visitor center offers information on the area as well as the only restrooms. The shaded Garzas Creek trail heads to a secluded side canyon of redwoods. Another leads of a waterfall. Farming, logging and homestead sites include a site where fruits were harvested a century ago.

Thank Robert N
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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 higher up trails have less.)

Thank Judy C
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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.

Thank Mos6
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