Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 64 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 321 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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10 days 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!

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24 days 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.

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2 months ago

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!

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2 months ago

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6 months ago

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.

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8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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8 months ago

Went solo hiking. Gorgeous views.

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9 months ago

Great!

10 months ago

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11 months ago

Great trail, beautiful view