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“Great hiking spot for anyone” 4 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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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.
San Jose, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great hiking spot for anyone”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Pacific Grove
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“beauty, hiking, river, mountains”
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.

Visited April 2013
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Scotts Valley CA
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223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
“an awesome place for hiking, biking, riding and walking”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Carmel Valley, California
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“locals favorite”
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.

Visited April 2013
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Carmel Valley, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful hiking in Garland Ranch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

There are many wonderful trails to hike in Garland Ranch. Currently, the visitors center is being remodeled. There is still a portable toilet available.

Visited July 2013
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