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Garland Ranch Regional Park

700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
8313723196
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Monterey and Santa Cruz counties have excellent parks for hiking. There are beach walks, spectacular ocean views or trails through redwood canyons. Point Lobos reserve near Carmel, south on highway 1, is a must visit. Garland Park is the largest open space on the Monterey Peninsula. It comprised of rolling hills, meadowlands and canyons. There are a wide variety hiking... More

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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Unsure of how difficult the trails might be I approached the hike cautiously, but soon found out that there were a wide variety of trails which allowed for optional challenging hiking routes. More importantly, whether the trail was easier or more difficult the views from any point were breath taking, allowing for a beautiful view of Carmel Valley. Some highlights... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Very popular with local people. Huge park with many trails. Observed uncountable varities of wild flowers in full bloom. This is nature in its own elements. Wear good and comfortable footwear particularly if desiring to climb up to the summit of one its 'mountains' (really steep hills). Observed many people truly enjoying themselves. If you are somewhat into the California... More

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Berkeley, California
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21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This regional park is pretty well maintained. The trails are clearly marked but it is always a good idea to pick up a map at the visitors center and leave the $1 donation. As this is also a very popular area for horse riding the map gives you an idea which trails are closed to horses and where you don't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Overall, the hiking was awesome. Ended up doing about 4 different trails, 9.16 miles and one butt kicker of a trail/loop. The scenery is gorgeous. VERY friendly people out there, great dog park/recreation area for dogs. Will be making Garland Ranch my new hiking grounds!

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The World
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

In May, saw lots of wildflowers, including the darling orange Tufted poppies. The only one Audre recognized was Indian Paintbrush. The trails were shaded, mostly and sandy but plenty wide. There were lots of oak trees and flowering trees and bushes as well. We climbed about 750' and had good views of the Carmel Valley. It was about 65° but... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

On the recommendation of our host we did a hike that included three trails - Garzas Canyon to Redwood Canyon to Terrace Trail. The walk was just right in terms of difficulty - a fair bit of elevation change but not too strenuous. Lots of variety in the walk, from gnarly oaks to towering redwoods. Highly recommended.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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