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#14 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Garrapata State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Garrapata State Park, California? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Garrapata State Park ranging from 0.6 to 1.8 miles and from 91 to 291 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

This coastal state park is a great place to spot dolphins and whales. People that plan to visit the park for the day can enjoy fishing, snorkeling, beaches, surfing, hiking, and more. 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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Map of trails in Garrapata State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2,939 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
831-624-4909
Helpful links
Top trails (6)
#1 - Soberanes Canyon Trail
Garrapata State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
As of May 2020, trails west of Highway 1 are open. Soberanes Canyon Trail is partially open from the main, gated trailhead across from Gate 8 of the Garrapata coastal trail. Hikers will be able to proceed to the back of the canyon along the 1.25 mile length of the trail. It will be an out and back hike as the Rocky Ridge portion of the trail will remain closed pending repair. https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=579 The most spectacular part of the hike is through the Soberanes Canyon where the trail is flanked on both sides by impressive redwoods. Once you leave the redwoods and get above treeline, it isn't the immediate scenery that captivates, but rather the panoramic views. These views are typically obscured facing west due to the blanket of fog and mist that unfolds over the coast. Turn your back 180 degrees and you are likely greeted by sunlit views of Carmel valley.Show more
#2 - Soberanes Point and Whale Peak
Garrapata State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 56 m
#3 - Garrapata Bluff Trail
Garrapata State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
A beautiful short hike to a rocky shoreline to enjoy the waves fly up when cascading into the shoreline walls. Show more
#4 - South Plateau-Mound Meadow Loop Trail
Garrapata State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 22 m
#5 - Garrapata Beach: Cala Lily Valley
Garrapata State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
Garrapata State Park Beach as a loop starting from southern trailhead which has stairs to beach. Follow the beach to Doud Creek valley, known as Calla Lilly valley due to the patch of flowers.Show more
#6 - Doud Peak [CLOSED]
Garrapata State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
Soberanes Canyon Trail is partially open from the main, gated trailhead across from Gate 8 of the Garrapata coastal trail. Hikers will be able to proceed to the back of the canyon along the 1.25 mile length of the trail. It will be an out and back hike as the Rocky Ridge portion of the trail will remain closed pending repair. Please see the park page for more information: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=579Show more