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.

Lovely walk for kids and family

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

Closed for now and the next few months.

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.

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

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

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.

The northern side of the trail is very washed out, we went counter clockwise around the trail and came down on that side. It may be easier to go up that direct as it was hard to get a good foothold while coming down. Over half of the trail is in the sun so be prepared. There was also an almost vertical climb down in the redwoods.

hiking
9 months ago

Second time doing the loop and the second time was a lot easier!! Great hiking Trail! The Ocean breeze is amazing

Great mix of red wood trees, open barren hills and nice little streams. It can be strenuous hike for a non experienced hiker. The view from the highest point which is close to 1880 feet is amazing. Do carry a lot of water as during summer days you will get dehydrated really fast during the climb. You will also find tons of lizards, cactus and poison ivy, so be careful.

Once at the top , the views are killer! Beautiful everywhere you look. Definitely need good shoes and a lot of water! There are some VERY steep spots .

It was fun. Definitely, a good workout.