Explore the most popular trails in Garrapata State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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closed
23 hours ago

This is the best spot and hike of all hikes we did in Big Sur. It’s just so peaceful and we were speechless. We did not want to leave this place.

Be careful for poison oak but beautiful lookout and cliff views

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18 days ago

Stayed to the right of the loop that was open (despite the sign). Good mix of covered canyon with a river running through it, followed by an exposed climb to a beautiful view. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen!

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rocky
22 days ago

Great trail, it has a little bit of everything: redwoods, creek, uphill, coastal views, wildflowers on the way down.

Whole loop is accessible! I went counterclockwise - would recommend as I think this direction is steeper going up, and would be slippery and unnerving trying to descend in the opposite direction. There’s a spot on the Soberanes Canyon Trail where you reach a pile of down trees, no clear path, and a sign with an x. If you climb over the trees, there’s a path that winds up the canyon wall — that’s your trail to Rocky Ridge. Lots of sticky monkey flower and Indian paint brush. Little spooky at dusk

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rocky
washed out
27 days ago

The closed area is actually open. Highly recommend going up the rocky ridge and down the other way. I’d also suggest bringing poles. It’s steep and slippery! Such an incredible hike! No cell service.

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over grown
27 days ago

Beautiful Redwood canyon leading to steep incline full of wildflowers but the sunset up top is worth it! We couldn’t see the ocean once above the fog but we could hear the waves and the sea lions barking the entire way down. We went up the Soberanes Canyon side and came down Rocky.

Love this place

Beautiful trail! The first half has a significant incline, but the views at the top do not disappoint! The multitude of wildflowers along the trail also makes for a beautiful backdrop during the ascent. Definitely bring tick protection, significant overgrowth encountered all along the trail.

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rocky
washed out
1 month ago

This is a tough trail for the area. I have run it by myself in around 1.5 hrs. walked it with my 11 yr old daughter in 2.5 hrs and walked it with my wife in 3.5 hrs. There are many areas that are washed out and slightly overgrown but it is still passable the sign says that part of it is closed because of it but there is a lot of people making the trip. On my GPS it is about 4.8 miles not 5.4 like the description says. Be prepared to not have a signal on your phone basically the entire time. Lots of great views. The clouds can either improve the view or eliminate it based one how much and where they are.

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over grown
1 month ago

Went on a Friday afternoon expecting crowds but barely anyone was there. Beautiful trail with flowers, trees, streams, and at the top an ocean view. Right now the tops of the hills are covered in beautiful purple flowers ,which is honestly breathtaking. This is considered a hard trail for a reason. I would not bring children or dogs. Recommend having good shoes for the way down. This is one of my favorite hikes in northern california because it offers everything.

Simply amazing. You get so much out of this trail. You start with some giant red wood trees that seem out of this world. You actually feel like you are on endor and wookies will jump from behind the bushes! Next is the top of the hill where you have a 300 degree view of the area and can chase lizards, geikos and velvet ants. Finally, on the way down, great viewpoints of the ocean and the coast.

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rocky
1 month ago

Very steep so wear shoes with grip. I made the mistake of not doing so, and still finished okay, just with a lot of difficulty. Beautiful views at every single point on the trail, so the occasional sliding and tripping was more than worth it (-:

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1 month ago

Absolutely stunningly beautiful.... one of my favorite trails!

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washed out
1 month ago

The beginning is easy but once you get to the stairs it gets a bit difficult. Not bad though, the scenery makes it worth it.

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1 month ago

Challenging but in a good way! It has everything redwoods, ocean views, stream! The views from the top are simply amazing and a great reward for all the hard work put in getting there. Trail is very rough in most spots and a bit dicey at times. I was happily surprised at all the foliage color for late June. Thank you long winter rains! GO DO it!

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rocky
1 month ago

Very challenging hike for beginners. It is well worth it though. I would recommend to go early in the morning to avoid the hotness of the summer. Take enough water to stay hydrated and sunblock it’s a must!! There is a wide variety of wild flowers, they smell great!! Overall, great hike.

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no shade
2 months ago

Easy hike to the top for a good view of the Pacific Ocean.

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bugs
closed
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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Very beautiful trail from beginning to end! Wild flowers are at its peak so I recommend checking them out before the summer heat gets to them. This trail ends about 1.5 miles in and turns into rocky ridge trail which is closed because of weather damages to the trail, and over grown poison oak plants. The trail is still doable but be careful because it gets very steep going up and back down and the trails are either washed out or very rocky. My sister (who is a beginner hiker) fell pretty hard on some loose rocks on our way back down but other than that she said it wasn’t as terrible as she thought. There are some portions of the trail where the bushes and wild flowers along the path were as tall as me (5’0) and I was glad I was wearing long sleeves since we were walking through it for a good portion of the hike, and we encountered many snakes and lizards, but weren’t an issue as long as those kinds of things doesn’t bother you. There is also a warning for ticks at the beginning of the trail and dogs are also not allowed. If none of those things bother you, and your up for a fun/beautiful hike then I definitely recommend this. I recommend wearing long pants/sleeves and good trail/ hiking shoes. Don’t forget the bug repellent as well!

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