Garrapata State Park, Carmel

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Garrapata State Park is a state park of California, USA, located on Highway 1 6.7mi south of Carmel and 18mi north of Big Sur on the Monterey coast. It is marked only with one sign on the west side of the road. Numbered turnouts mark each parking area. The 2939acre park was established in 1979.Garrapata State Park has 2mi of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 50ft climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. The park also features coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. California sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters while gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.The beaches in the park have been used for nude recreation.Most of the park was burned over in the 2016 Soberanes Fire.HistoryThe area hosted the Ohlone and Rumsien tribes in the past. In the early 20th century it was the Ezequiel Soberanes Rancho, a cattle and sheep ranch. The ranch was later sold to the Doud family, who had a cattle ranch on the property. Features within Garrapata State Park still bear the names of these families.GovernmentAt the county level, Garrapata State Park is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Dave Potter.
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  • This "Park" runs along Hwy 1 for a few miles, starting around 8 miles south of Carmel. You simply pull of the Highway and hike. We stopped in a large pull over area just past a sign that read, "narrow...  more »
  • While staying in Pacific Grove we were lucky to be able to take a drive along the coast highway on two different afternoons, one a calm and quiet afternoon drive heading towards sunset, the second fol...  more »
  • This was a beautiful beach - what a view! There are places to park and walking trails, but no services here.  more »
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  • Absolutely Stunning view of Monterey! My boy scout troop went hiking here and we all loved it. If you are going here, I'd be a bit careful, because there are places where you can fall off (and have a literally unpleasant trip) off the ledges. As long as you're careful, you should have a wonderful hike.😉
  • Garrapata State Park is actually underappreciated if you measure it by use compared to other state parks in the region. If strolling miles of semi-secluded beaches or trekking into high ridges above the ocean via well maintained trails is something that you like then this park may suit you. There are spectacular vista points of rock formation in the northern section of the coastal park.
  • Majestic and Scenic Trails! Beautiful and Secluded Beach! Can spend an hour or half day easily here! Parking along roadside!
  • FYI Garrapta means Tick in Spanish. This is a very beautiful and scenic location along HWY 1. The hiking trails are fairly well maintained. The overlooks into the ocean are awe inspiring and the Calli Lily valley is breath taking.
  • nice state park stop right on hwy 1. scenic and beautiful with a small water falls. Windy and free open parking

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