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“beauty, hiking, river, mountains”

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.
Pacific Grove
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“beauty, hiking, river, mountains”
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
Thank frenchirishlass
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Scotts Valley CA
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301 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“an awesome place for hiking, biking, riding and walking”
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
Thank JKD
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Carmel Valley, California
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“locals favorite”
Reviewed July 29, 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
Thank jana c
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Carmel Valley, California
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8 reviews
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“Wonderful hiking in Garland Ranch”
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
1 Thank drteri
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A Valley Gem”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Jogging or hiking you can''t beat Garland Park. Trails are well maintained and well marked.
If you just want a gentile stroll you can loop around the park with only slight elevation gains.
More vigorous is the hike to the old fire watch tower which will get your heart really going.
Plenty of trails in between the extremes, though. Meadows, streams, waterfalls, redwoods, maples, and the good old Carmel river make this an enjoyable place. Bring your dog.

Seperate moutain bike and horse trails. Do carry water on the longer or more strenous hikes.

Visited May 2013
Thank valleyguy235
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