Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 108 reviews

Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carmel Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.1 miles
275 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


24 days ago

2 months ago

This is my family’s go to trail. We love this hike.

3 months ago

good trail.

3 months ago

great way to relax and challenge yourself.

9 months ago

Didn't see much wildlife. A lot of other people hiking the trails. Several different paths to take. I tried taking the longest loop I could and recorded it.

Dog friendly

Hear the cars from every spot of the hike
No major wildlife seen
Lots of other people hiking the trail.
Also a school bus full of children hiking the bottom portion of the trail.

10 months ago

Garland Ranch is a beautiful place to go hiking. There's plenty of parking. There are many options for trails to hike and the rain this season has resulted in so many wildflowers. Very dog friendly and they even have dog water fountains. My dogs brought home a few ticks so be on the lookout for them. The majority of trails have shade so even on a hot day the trails should still be enjoyable.

11 months ago

Nice easy trail. Rushing river with a bridge to cross as soon as you begin. Beautiful hidden pond in the mountains and moss covered trees. Stairs for a good workout. Wild turkeys! The waterfall is indeed more of a trickle but is so easy to get to that there was no disappointment at all!

11 months ago

Okay I'm writing this from the view point of a dad with four kids. Parking was ample (Weekend around 1200). The visitors center was located at the hub of several trails and had bathrooms with running water. Make sure you check out the 3d model of Garland Ranch. The trails themselves were well maintained and provided amazing views of the valley. There were so many there that it seemed there was always an option to customize the route to make it easier or more difficult. This was great with the kids as they can be unpredictable.
The route we took actually included waterfall trail and parts of Lupine Loop, Hawk Trail, and Mesa Trail. The waterfall was only a trickle but was still pretty cool. It was also not that far of of walk from the visitor's center. All in all I highly recommend Garland Ranch for families. You really can't beat this for hiking with kids.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Great views, went a little off trail onto mesa trail to add a couple miles. Nice trails with cool info marks, stairs and markings. Will be coming back again!

Monday, September 05, 2016

We took our three kids on a hike weaving through the buckeye nature trail to the waterfall. Things are dry right now because of the drought and therefore, no waterfall. However, the dry basin under the area where the water usually falls was very interesting for my children. The nature trail was interesting and gave really cool facts about Native American acorn and buckeye uses. Lots of people with dogs. Great place to hike with dogs and kids. Getting to the waterfall is QUiCK! Not 3 miles. However, you can keep hiking up beyond it.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Good beginner trail. No water , so not as spectacular as it could have been. A few spots got your heart going.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Went solo hiking. Gorgeous views.

Sunday, June 05, 2016


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Great trail, beautiful view

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Lupine to Waterfall to Mesa back to Lupine= 4.5 miles with the family! 6yr old fared well considering. 12 and 16 yr olds semi jogged and hiked and dragged. Was nice to run downhill Mesa Trail. Caught just a trickle from the Waterfall but scenic nonetheless! Highly recommended: (with a couple pocketfuls of almonds and 40 oz water at least).

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Nice hike. No waterfall to see right now.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Monday, October 26, 2015

Easy and good for the dog !

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fun trail!! Makes a nice loop up to Mesa and Deer/Fern/buckeye trails.

Monday, August 17, 2015

I took my terrier "Daisy Duke" and we hiked almost to the very top of Garland to Snively Ridge. It was AMAZING! We past the waterfall but there was no water since we are in a drought. There was a pond in the mesa and the creek at the entrance. Bring water for yourself and your dog as it can get HOT!. There is a spot to get water at the equestrian tie rail.

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