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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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  • We specifically went here for sunset, as the location faces due west. Take the trail down across the bridge for a look at the waterfall. This is an easily accessible and spectacular place.  more »
  • We spent a full morning photographing this beach, great surf to watch and great views. Watch the undertow if you plan to swim there.  more »
  • Garrapata is open while 95% of Big Sur is closed due to flooding, mud slides and 2016 wild fires. We spent two nights watching the sunset from the bluffs at Garrapata and it was amazing. There is a be...  more »
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  • Probably the most spectacular coastal drive in the world. The ocean is wild and the surrounding landscape rugged. A must see.
  • Beautiful coastal views. About three quarters of the park are tree-less, while a quarter is canopied with redwoods. Do come ready to hike steep terrain, the views are worth it! However, I wish the park were bigger...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some very rugged, steep trails east of highway 1. And closer to Carmel than Molera and Julia Pfeiffer.