Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carmel Valley, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.2 miles 323 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

We took our three kids on a hike weaving through the buckeye nature trail to the waterfall. Things are dry right now because of the drought and therefore, no waterfall. However, the dry basin under the area where the water usually falls was very interesting for my children. The nature trail was interesting and gave really cool facts about Native American acorn and buckeye uses. Lots of people with dogs. Great place to hike with dogs and kids. Getting to the waterfall is QUiCK! Not 3 miles. However, you can keep hiking up beyond it.

hiking
4 months ago

Good beginner trail. No water , so not as spectacular as it could have been. A few spots got your heart going.

hiking
5 months ago

Went solo hiking. Gorgeous views.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, beautiful view

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Lupine to Waterfall to Mesa back to Lupine= 4.5 miles with the family! 6yr old fared well considering. 12 and 16 yr olds semi jogged and hiked and dragged. Was nice to run downhill Mesa Trail. Caught just a trickle from the Waterfall but scenic nonetheless! Highly recommended: (with a couple pocketfuls of almonds and 40 oz water at least).

10 months ago

11 months ago

Nice hike. No waterfall to see right now.

hiking
1 year ago

Amazing!

hiking
1 year ago

Easy and good for the dog !

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

Fun trail!! Makes a nice loop up to Mesa and Deer/Fern/buckeye trails.

hiking
1 year ago

I took my terrier "Daisy Duke" and we hiked almost to the very top of Garland to Snively Ridge. It was AMAZING! We past the waterfall but there was no water since we are in a drought. There was a pond in the mesa and the creek at the entrance. Bring water for yourself and your dog as it can get HOT!. There is a spot to get water at the equestrian tie rail.

birding
1 year ago

Easy and nice hike with an abundance of wildlife.

hiking
1 year ago

This is definitely a seasonal waterfall so I recommend going after a good rain. I love Garland ranch because it is so dog friendly, you can have your dog off leash as long as they stay close by and are quickly responsive when listening for the command to come when called. if you do have your dog off leash, do know that there are horses permitted on certain trails and to leash your dog up when one comes along so you can avoid spooking the horse and/or your dog from running away. I also enjoy letting my dog swim in the slow flowing river between the parking area and the visitor center

1 year ago

We took 8 kids 4 and under on this little loop. It was perfect for them- wide trails that were easy to stay on with plenty of trees and sticks to keep them excited.

hiking
2 years ago

I went on this hike yesterday and it was extremely gorgeous. From the visitor center we headed toward Waterfall trail. Along j the path was this gorgeous scenery! There were warnings for active wasp nest approximately 1/8 mile above the waterfall but we didn't see any. From there headed to the Mesa pond which disappointed us expected something bigger but due to our drought we understood. Took all of Mesa back and it was well worth.. Love this trail!

hiking
2 years ago

Started at the visitor center, took Waterfall Trail up to Mesa Pond, then followed Snivley's Ridge Trail up about half the way. Some great lookout views on Snivley's Ridge. Not too tough, though it does get steep in some parts near the end. Waterfall was dried up during July.