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Address: Monterey, CA 93923
Activities: Whale watching
Description: This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its...
This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.
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Great Beach

Wonderful trail down to stairs to beach. Also a great coastal trail above that goes to Doud's Creek. Easy to park and easy to access if you don't mind stairs.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Seaside, California
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Seaside, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Wonderful trail down to stairs to beach. Also a great coastal trail above that goes to Doud's Creek. Easy to park and easy to access if you don't mind stairs.

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Austin, Texas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

If you've ever driven up/down Pacific Coast Highway 1 (PCH, or, HWY 1), you already know - this has to be one of the most beautiful and awe-insipring places in the world. I lived in Monterey over 20 years ago, and had almost forgotten how beautiful this grand spectacle is, and then, last week, my fiancée and I flew out... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We hiked the Sobernes Canyon Trail. So many different landscapes, wildflower meadows, areas of cactus, redwood grove, all just beautiful. Definitely worth the time. Start at gate 8. There is limited parking at the trail head, and also washrooms.

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Paso Robles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Garrapata has an amazing coast with numerous coastal trails all with stunningly beautiful views of the gorgeous coast,with numerous coves,sea stacks with awesome rock formations.a person could spend weeks exploring all this gorgeous place has to offer. Of course,on the east side of the road is the two popular hikes,rocky ridge and soberanes canyon,each with their own charms. rocky ridge... More 

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San Francisco
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Great 5 mile hike...but it's a very steep up and down...so you need to be in shape and have good shoes..if you've got both you will enjoy it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

what a great hike, the beach is gorgeous too...you can make it short or long..enjoy the changing flora, cactus to ferns..groomed trails

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Sullivan, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

this is the first set of beautiful beaches you come to outside of Monterey, after driving a few miles of rocky beachlines, you come to Dowd Creek beach...the second pullout has a nice foot trail down to a nice wooden stairway to the beach, easier to walk down then the first pullout which has more flowers to look at. Large... More 

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Portland, OR
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Fantastic, free (really), and huge coastal park. The views are varied and stunning from every angle, and you even get to be on the beach (most views on Big Sur are from above where the beach looks rather unattainable). For people looking for the famous, photographed-to-death cala lilies patch, you should park at the main entrance (18), walk down the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I spent a few days wandering the coastal trails of Garrapata with my camera gear. Unlike Point Lobos, there is lots of solitude and ability to explore. Make sure you have waterproof shoes. Most of the trails are narrow and your feet will be brushing up against vegetation, and if there has been rain or fog, you will get wet.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Absolutely stunning! It's a tough hike, so prepare appropriately, but it was fantastic! We did the 7 mile loop starting with the Soberanes Canyon Trail, up through Rocky Ridge and then down.

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