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Garland Ranch Regional Park

700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
8313723196
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Type: Parks
Activities: Hiking, Horseback riding
Owner description: Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland acquisition. The park was... more » Owner description: Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland acquisition. The park was purchased in 1975 from William Garland II, who generously gifted a portion of the cost by reducing the purchase price to below fair market value. An eminent southern California community leader, Mr. Garland spent many summers with his family on the "ranch". This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply. Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. Garzas Creek gently bisects the park and provides a peaceful, shaded trail that reaches a secluded side canyon of redwoods. The park is also home to a wide variety of insects, birds, plants and animals, descendants of the first residents. Species lists of common birds, mammals, and plants are available at the Visitor Center or the District Museum, both located in the park. Throughout the park there are reminders of Carmel Valley's past: Rumsen Indian habitation sites; homestead, hunting and logging remains; livestock trails, ponds and springs; and Rancho Don Juan.There is a ranger/volunteer staff to help you enjoy your visit. The District provides both in-class environmental education programs and outdoor interpretive hikes and other events for all ages.Day use activities include hiking, photography, horseback riding, jogging, walking, bird watching, painting and simple solitude, and limited mountain bike riding in the Cooper Ranch area. A small visitor center is located at Garland and staffed by volunteers. « less
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Many trail options from easy to strenuous. 2 other entrances farther out the valley to other karts of the park are worth exploring.

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Brentwood, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Beautiful place to hike, or stroll. Lovely stream, dramatic mountains, green and plush! The weather is much warmer than the beach so if you are looking for sunshine this is the place.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

What we love about Garland is there is a hike for everyone - no matter what your ability. You can do an almost completely flat walk around the floor of the park (Lupine Loop or Rancho Loop), or you can hike all the way up to the fire tower for a great workout. We usually hiked to the top of... More

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Tracy, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is a very nice park with a great visitors center where you can pick up a trail map and get tips from a docent. Trails for everyone-from easy to very challenging. All very picturesque, as well as dog friendly. When there is water, nice little falls and pond. Not now, however.

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Carmel Valley
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Weather you enjoy sitting and watching the river drift by, take a casual hike to magnificent Valley Vistas or challenge yourself to a demanding hike to the top of the ridge, you will love Garland. It is the locals favorite.

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Carmel Valley, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Garland Park is a jewel in Carmel Valley. Many diverse trails are available from easy trails on the flats to moderate to difficult climbs to several ridge tops where the reward is an incredible view of the Valley and Monterey Bay. The Park offers many environments from Redwood canyons to Oak studded hillsides.

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San Jose, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is a pretty park in Carmel Valley with quite a few trails; some are flat, others climb into the mountains. If you're up for an uphill hike, be sure to climb to the mesa and check out the lake on top.

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Pacific Grove
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have always loved this park. It's a great place to walk your dog. there are trails for every level of expertise. The Carmel River runs by and there are places to sit at the bank.

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Scotts Valley CA
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

a number of trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Some are shared with dogs and some with horses and some with bikes. Pick up a trail map - you can borrow one or buy one.

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Carmel Valley, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a fairly large park, but the main area is all most visitors see. Fabulous hiking (from ridge trails with views out across the Santa Lucia Preserve to redwood canyons.

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