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Garrapata State Park

Monterey, CA 93923
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Ranked #9 of 56 attractions in Monterey
Type: State Parks
Activities: Whale watching
Description: This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.
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Monterey, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was the last place we went hiking during our time in Monterey, and I only wish we had gone sooner. Located a few miles south of Carmel this park is a wonderful mix of scenery between the ocean, hills, and dense forest. The trail is a loop-going up to the top and circling back down. No matter which way... More

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Los Angeles
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37 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Garrapata Park stretches along the coast off Highway 1. During June there were lots of wildflowers in bloom. We took some of our prettiest photos at Gate 17. The park is about a 20-30 minute drive north from Big Sur (Glen Oaks Lodge/Big Sur Bakery). The park is accessible through a number of Gates (openings in the fence) starting at... More

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Los Angeles, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We hiked the south part of the state park. We drove up from Big Sur and were so happy that we did. There are some beautiful hikes along the ridges which are full of colorful wildflowers. Hikes are not strenuous and really allow you enjoy the wide array of flowers blooming. You can hike for 30-40 minutes or you could... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I found out about this gem from a good friend who lives in Monterey. I have driven past several times on the Pacific Coast Hwy, but never knew enough to stop until now!! The hiking was unbelievable, and some of the trees you couldn't imagine even existed by the drive past. It was fabulous, and I am sure we will... More

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Oakton, Virginia, United States
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48 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is the only state park that does not have a sign clearly marking it's entrance. We toured other s that day - but not this one. We found out later that while the maps show it on the west side of the highway - the entrance to it is on the east side of the highway. Hope this helps... More

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Pittsburg, California
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We were expecting a traditional park, but this is not your everyday park. It is a collection of turnouts and paths to explore. Being a bit older, we opted to take things easy, but still had a great time enjoying the views. The day was foggy and chilly, but still beautiful. Would recommend this drive to everyone who loves the... More

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Monterey, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This is an amazing trail to walk on since it leads you to a beautiful redwood forest into the hills as you hike inland thru the trails. There is an amazing creek that runs into the ocean and you can see it as you walk the trail. There are a lot of cute insects such as the little dragon flies... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A fun and strenuous hike. It has a lot of different things to see. I always do the route up the mountain but you can go through the valley to see the redwoods and come back out the same way without going up the hill. (Make sure you look for the tree growing out of the other tree.) But the... More

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Los Altos
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you'd like to get your heart going, take the Soberanes Canyon Trail that takes you ~1850 feet up to the top of the hills next to the ocean. The trail is a loop. The right side of the loop takes you first through a redwood lined canyon with a small river and then up the steep hill to the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
39 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I had the opportunity to take a drive down Hwy 1 yesterday during our visit to Big Sur, and stopped at Garrapata State Park along the way. Being a professional photographer, I found some beautiful views with the rocky shoreline, and the weather was perfect. There was no fog at the time so it made for a great photo op.... More

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