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“Long Hike or Easy Backpack”

Ranked #9 of 22 things to do in Saratoga
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Owner description: From mountains to the sea, all in this one hike.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
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“Long Hike or Easy Backpack”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

Can be done in one very long day or split up into an overnight or two short days [permits required form the St. Park]. Scouts use it as an introductory backpack trip for novices. The easiest way is to start on the coastal ridge, end up at the beach, while passing a waterfall and creek in the lower half. Even just day hiking, carry a lot of water May/June onward [2+ L/person/day], as some sections are hot and dry, and creeks may not be running. Have a pumped water filter for your group to refill from the few creeks. Don't skip refilling at one assuming the next will be running. I think only the main park facilities mid-way and at the beach have potable piped water.

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