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Easy and scenic trail

Great trail for walking

beautiful hike. pretty easy with some moderate inclines.

This was a relatively easy hike but with some ascending on the front end. The trail is wide and well-maintained. It follows the creek for a short while, then ascends. It is very easy to get onto another trail because these crisscross all over the place. The signage is not always clear or is absent. You'll need the app up to stay on the intended route and you'll need it zoomed. But overall this is a very pleasant hike and a decent workout.

Although shaded throughout, the sunny spots are intense. Bring lots of water.

Beautiful easy walking path.

Great waking trail along montery. Saw several seals along the way.

Lovely stroll on this path, completed several times.

We went all the way to the top! It was definitely a great workout. A lot of Incline . Best of all PET FRIENDLY

on Buckeye Nature Trail

5 months ago

So I’m gonna be honest, I followed the trail outlined on the app verses taking the designated trails around the park and whoever thought that this trail was easy is crazy. Don’t get me wrong I throughly enjoyed the views and the hike itself but the first part of this trail was almost straight up and my knees were not having it, but once we were on the top it leveled out and we went down again and there was another climb. On the way down the trail was so narrow and it was literally steps along the side of a cliff the come back down the mountain, and again my knees were screaming at me. But we survived, we being my dog and I. I think once my fitness level is up I will be doing the trail outlined on the map here again. 4.5 miles not 3.5 like it says.

hiking
6 months ago

Very steep at some points but totally doable. I definitely recommend climbing the 1/4 mile or so up Snively’s ridge trail once you get to the top of the sky trail, the view from there is as good as any in the area.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike.

We really enjoyed this park because there are so many trails. It is very well maintained and we did not see any trash! One thing we laughed about was that how the residents have made this state park their own personal dog park! We had our dog leashed but almost every dog we encountered was accompanied by a seemingly indifferent owner walking either way behind one another along the trails and in the parking area.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty nice hike. The viewpoint is really nice

This is my family’s go to trail. We love this hike.

Very beautiful scenic walk. Stroller and children friendly.

good trail.

worth your time.

great way to relax and challenge yourself.

Great for a flat well marked packed travel trail. Easy to maneuver and great views!

Beautiful, easy, relaxing.

Didn't see much wildlife. A lot of other people hiking the trails. Several different paths to take. I tried taking the longest loop I could and recorded it.

Pros
Maintained
Loop
Dog friendly

Cons
Hear the cars from every spot of the hike
No major wildlife seen
Lots of other people hiking the trail.
Also a school bus full of children hiking the bottom portion of the trail.

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Beautiful!!!!

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Garland Ranch is a beautiful place to go hiking. There's plenty of parking. There are many options for trails to hike and the rain this season has resulted in so many wildflowers. Very dog friendly and they even have dog water fountains. My dogs brought home a few ticks so be on the lookout for them. The majority of trails have shade so even on a hot day the trails should still be enjoyable.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great for a half day hike. Trail is shady for most of the hike and there are nice views of Carmel Valley periodically. Steep towards the top, but you are rewarded with a view that stretches all the way to Santa Cruz!

walking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

The paths were really narrow so it was hard to walk with my husband. There were also a lot of people and it was hard to relax.

walking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Really scenic trail with the ocean, wildlife and plant life all along the route. Very easy walking trail but you can't beat the views

Nice easy trail. Rushing river with a bridge to cross as soon as you begin. Beautiful hidden pond in the mountains and moss covered trees. Stairs for a good workout. Wild turkeys! The waterfall is indeed more of a trickle but is so easy to get to that there was no disappointment at all!

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