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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.

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

Parking makes it easy to access the trails, easy loop by the coast!!! This will be my lets take a drive and go for a quick hike.

i think it might still be closed. i've hiked it at least 50 times. The first part is full of cacti on the left and the creek on the right. It then turns into a luminous green paradise of fern and redwoods. one time i saw a huge ladybug hatch, probably 40 sq. feet, magnificent yet a little creepy.
There are beautful chiseled log steps in sections. The sounds of birds and the babbling creek are an extra treat! After you crawl up more washed out steps at the half way it turns into open scrub. The ocean view ahead makes it all worthwhile. This is a must do when it opens!

Very steep and challenging but 100% worth it.

Start out going right and you will walk alongside the canyon with gorgeous views of small waterfalls. Great variety of terrain and strenuous to burn a good amount of calories. Definitely worth the effort to the top!

Did this hike in April 2016. The hike and scenery were fantastic with the wild flowers in full bloom. The back half of the trail was severely eroded. It resulted in gullies that made it dangerous and more difficult than it actually was. Poles a must.

The scenery was absolutely stunning! When the trail is completely finished it will be awesome . Standing on the top of Whaler Peak is such a sight to see .

Fabulous views!

Trail is marked closed but decided to take a peak and then just kept going. A lot of the trail towards the cliffs were overgrown with plant life (must be aware of stepping due to small animals holes) but nothing truly considered dangerous. Beautiful views, lots of bunnies on the trail!! The flowers gave off a wonderful sweet smell. Amazing easy trail.

The trail to go up the "mountain" was closed also, due to what looked like a landslide removing the stairs. Definitely wasn't safe looking and stayed away from there.

Still closed (5/27/17)

Lovely walk for kids and family

Awesome trail. Unexpectedly difficult towards the end, but the views were definitely worth it!

When you are atop Whale Peak at Soberanes Point, you feel like you are on top of the world. A great place to whale-watch.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

love this trail, but anyone know how long it will be closed?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Closed for now and the next few months.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Beautiful loop, easy trail, you can find some spots to stick your feet in the ocean/ tide pools to make it more of a challenge.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Missing one of my favorite places....Fastest time for me was 1:03 I was so close to breaking an hour

Sunday, August 28, 2016

One of the best trails ever. The views are majestic. It's quite hard.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

This is my favorite trail in the whole world. It's challenging but well worth it. Make sure you have great shoes with good threads or be prepared to slide down the mountain. It can also get cold and windy any time of the year. Dogs are NOT allowed -- please respect the signs.

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