nature trips



At Garrapata State Park, spectacular rocky shorelines play counterpoint with an inland area of steep mountains and deep redwood canyons. The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration. The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur). The climate is moderate, with a mean average of 50-65 degrees year-round. Variable weather includes cool, foggy mornings, strong onshore winds, and hot summer days in the backcountry. Layered clothing is advised. Dogs are only allowed on Garrapata Beach and must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times. Bicycles are permitted only on Rocky Ridge Trail.

Easy trail, there’s areas where you can go off trail for a more challenging hike, would definitely recommend some hiking shoes for those. BEAUTIFUL views, it’s a steep hike to the top, but well worth it!

10 days ago

I went through the whole loop - throughthe “closed area” and back down. Watch out for the poison oak on the south part of the trail. Definitely wear real hiking boots/shoes for this trail. The path is a bit eroded in parts and you’ll need the extra footing.

A beautiful, unique hike. Not to be missed.

16 days ago

I did it for the first time when the trail re-opened in April- all of the wildflowers were in bloom and everything was as green as it gets! The day was clear and the view was spectacular. It’s an easy walk through the canyon for the first mile and some, and then a steep climb to the peak, but so worth it.

I went again a couple of weeks ago and it was foggy at the top but it cleared up on our way down.

Wear layers for the unpredictable weather and long pants- the upper part of the trail is overgrown and it’s a tick area!

Tough trail but worth the effort for the $1m views throughout. So many amazing wild flowers, rolling hills, and views of the Pacific.

Did the loop despite the one portion being “closed”. Totally accessible if not just a little overgrown. No real hazards.

We got there at 8:30am and parking was good. The views are really pretty and lots of change of scenery but a lot of the trial is overgrown. After about a mile there is a trail closure sign ...but we went anyways . It also gets really windy at the top. Overall it was a great/ challenging hike.

1 month ago

Incredible views from 1900 feet above sea-level. This trail is not for the faint hearted and will jack you up on the 2.5 mile incline and the 2 mile decline. This day we were above the fog at 1k feet but on our decline found the monterey bay in its spectacular glory. Wild flowers ate a bloom right now so it's a great time to hit this trail.

Incredible trail, was unable to record because I was only visiting California. This trail is a must do, it says it’s closed but you can still access the whole trail. Lots of elevation and breath taking views. A 100% must do!

1 month ago

LOVE this trail! Beautiful, dramatic and varied scenery, I have been there the last 3 weekends and it has looked different every time, the flowers and foliage change so freaking much every time. Redwoods, ocean views, endless fields of wildflowers, crazy beautiful sky....
And it’s a good workout if u keep a good a pace.

Beautiful views there is about one mile of pretty steep climb but worth it for the views. There is a little bit of everything wildflowers majestic forest and ocean views. I would do this one again for sure

Amazing view of wildlowers and the ocean.

1 month ago

Hard hike for old dude. Great views and wildflowers!

One of my favorite hike for a quick cardio workout. With breathtaking views, incredible sounds of wild life, beautiful redwoods, relaxing sounds of the flowing creeks and small waterfalls...makes this place pretty majestic. Highly recommended.

2 months ago

We went on this brutal and stunning 7 mile hike on Sunday at Garrapata State Park in Carmel, CA. The landscape changed from gorgeous, shady redwoods (absolutely go beyond the signs) to climb up to the Sound of Music-esque rolling hills covered in wildflowers with frustrating false peaks, to the actual peak where the winds almost blew us over, covering us in clouds while we lay cradled in a rock throne. The descent was grey skies, highlighting the colors of the prolific flowers, bringing us over the rain-eroded trail, rough on the knees and ankles, but we made it. Grateful to have been very prepared with clothing layers, good boots, and hiking poles, or else I’d still be up there. Very much worth it for this beautiful hike!

Great loop hike start on Soberanes Canyon trial and loop around, come back down rocky ridge trail. From crossing streams, seeing plenty of wild flowers, even cactus along the way, challenging up to the peak and a nice ocean view on the way down. The sign says it’s closed after 1.5mi, but just keep going and follow the single track and you won’t regret it. Great hike overall.

Beautiful wildflowers and awesome redwoods. Uphill quite challenging after woodland path. Definitely wear long pants and hiking shoes as downhill can be slippery.

A wonderful workout with amazing coastal views. Then walk on ridge of canyon before meandering along creek and amidst redwoods. Extra bonus are the wildflowers if you time it right

Absolutely lovely trail! You’ll see cacti, redwoods, a creek, wildflowers, undulating hills, and the ocean. The first 1.5 miles is easy with a couple moderate elevations and creek crossings. After that are a few cardio stressing false peaks that bring you to a gorgeous view of the canyon and Pacific. The hardest part is getting back down since the Rocky Ridge part of the loop is closed. I parked at 8:30 and passed only one other person on the trail. By the time I was returning at 1015, there were people coming in by the tens. It’s also already hot; getting there early before the people and heat is best.

I can’t wait to do this hike again once it’s fully open.

Beautiful trail with plenary of wildflowers and spectacular views. Downhill to the end was kind of hard on the knees but all good. I will rate this hike hard due to the elevation changes. Lots of up then lots of steep downhill. But that’s how u get the views!

2 months ago

Now is the time of year to go. Nice short walk though the redwoods and then beautiful views of the ocean and spectacular wild flowers blooming. Trail is strenuous, and the loop is somewhat overgrown and washed out, but I didn’t have a problem! Poles help. Definitely wear pants and fitted long sleeve shirt for the ticks. Beautiful!

2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes with a taste of the creek, redwoods and coastal panoramic views...each time is different with the wild flowers in bloom a unique experience.

Most excellent!

the trail along the Creek/river has been cleared and is ready, looking great... I think it is still closed officially. Met some hikers and trail runners of my favorites.
On a good day (no coastal fog)the views at the top are fantastic.

The trail will re-open this month according to the Friends of Garrapata Facebook page!!! It's been closed since July 2016. I cannot wait to hike up there again!

3 months ago

Does anybody know if this is still closed?

Quick walk great view

This is a hike! Such an awesome view from the peak! Hard as all hell, but we'll worth it!

Whale watching nearby, saw baby gray whales swimming with mamas! Short hike to beach. Nice quick stop

4 months ago

beautiful area, and lots of different trails to go on. from easy to hard it's whatever you're feeling!

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