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“Hiking variety”

Garland Ranch Regional Park
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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.
Carmel, California
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Hiking variety”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Garland is a place where you can climb up to the ridges high above the Carmel Valley road, hike shady canyons, enjoy fabulous wildflowers or just sit by the river and read a book. It has got something for everyone.

Visited July 2012
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Carmel Valley, California
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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“Great walks and Cycles”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Life is always a little hotter in Garland Ranch. There is a wide choice of walks/hikes or cycle tracks. The Museum is great too where you can see stuffed Mountain Lions and Bob Cats. The hikes can be as difficult or easy as you want. A wonderful day out.

Visited February 2013
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Coloma, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great hiking”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Dont miss this wonderful open area for an afternoon. There are limited comfort facilities but the overall park is well maintained. The park is also pet friendly as a bonus.

Visited December 2012
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Carmel Valley, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Great to ride horses in!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Easy to park your trailer, trail well marked for horses, people are friendly, expect to see dogs off leashes. Worth the ride to the top!

Visited December 2012
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Oakland, California
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Five paws up! Offleash beautiful hiking!”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

A perfect hiking spot for people and pooches. Easy trails or moderate trails. You can be with people or find alone space if you go uphill. Beautiful vistas. Offleash for doggies. Shade and open space. River for a hot, tired dog to dip in on the way back to the car.

Visited January 2013
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