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Garrapata State Park, Carmel

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Garrapata State Park is located in Carmel. To visit Garrapata State Park on your holiday in Carmel, and find out what else Carmel has to offer, use our Carmel vacation planner.
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  • I am so glad I read the reviews on TripAdvisor about this place - amazing views and easy walk. The tips on finding it are accurate , it can be hard to spot. After the brown state park sign on the sout...  read more »
  • Stunning blue colors when the sun is out.....sometimes even closed during heavy surf/Winter Dirt walking path to the beach not good for the elderly or people with leg problems. NICE , uncrowded beach ...  read more »
  • Garrapata State Park beach is really very nice. Not even bad weather, it can make a nice ride and a stop between Monterey and Los Angeles.
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  • One of the best parks in the area to hike because of the tremendously varied terrain and flora. There's everything from steep, arid climbs to a surprising trails that begins by meandering through a cactus forest, then turns into a deep woods adorned with giant redwood trees. And, across Route 1, there are ocean trails that are completely different in their offerings. Probably the most varied and best place to hike among various parks south of Carmel and through Big Sur.
  • Beautiful and spectacular views, my first time going and did the hike in 4 hours. Would always recommend just go up the forest side first which should be to the right
  • This is a gorgeous hike that is just a few miles past Point Lobos. If you are an avid hiker, it'll take you about two to three hours to complete it. I recommend going left at the fork where the trail head starts. The climb up will be gradual, but it is a bit easier than the steep grade of the counter-clockwise loop of the path. You will encounter some awesome (in the true sense of the word) vistas, plenty of plant species, a challenging climb, beautiful redwoods, and a spectacular prickly-pear cactus forest. If you are new to hiking, expect this to take you four or five hours.
  • Beautiful scenic view on the PCH. Make sure you take at least take a minute to stop at a turn off climb a trail and enjoy the cool ocean breeze while taking in a moment of complete tranquility.
  • Definitely a hidden gem. We went there to see the wild calla lily and it was the most pretty wild flower I ever seen. To find the calla lily is a little tricky. Search for 'calla lily valley' in google maps, and park on the right side of highway1. Entrance has no obvious sign.
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