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“Geat hiking and views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Garland Ranch Regional Park

Garland Ranch Regional Park
700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
8313723196
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking, Horseback riding
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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.
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“Geat hiking and views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Love the varying degrees of trail difficulty and the amazing views. Great spot to see the valley and get some exercise.

Visited July 2012
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Anaheim, CA
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“A real find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

This is a beautiful regional park with wonderful, well marked hiking trails. There are lots of hiking options from easy to more strenuous. We went on a two hour hike up the waterfall trail and then on to mesa trail and back. It was mostly shaded and absolutely beautiful.

Visited May 2012
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“running”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

beautiful park in carmel valley with great trails for hiking or running

Visited May 2012
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Salinas, California
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“Beautiful walking trails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Sometimes you're walking up steep trails or flat lands. Get a map at the visitors center and choose your own path. The maps are color coded now so you know to either choose the dificult trails or the easy ones. In any case - it's gorgeous, especially if you can climb to the top of Snively's ridge. You get almost a 360 degree view of this beautiful area.

Visited November 2011
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Healdsburg, California
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“Great place for quick hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We had a couple of hours for a quick hike while visiting friends in Carmel Valley. What a great find, this picturesque regional park. There are several trails of varying degree of difficulty and length. Check the visitor center for maps and advice on hikes. There's something for everyone.

Visited April 2012
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