Explore the most popular birding 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.

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.

8 days 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.

18 days 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!

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!

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 nevertheless..one 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!

2 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

3 months ago

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

Still closed

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.

4 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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.

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