All hikes are led by MPRPD-trained volunteer naturalists and will meet at the locations noted on the hike schedules below. Rain will generally cancel a hike, but please call the hike leader if in doubt.  The telephone numbers for all of the hike leaders are listed on the schedule, along with a short description of the planned hike.


January 2016 Hikes


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Directions to hike locations are listed below.  Some activities meet at different locations than where the activity will actually occur.  PLEASE CHECK THE LISTED MEETING PLACE TO MAKE SURE YOU MEET YOUR ACTIVITY LEADER AT THE CORRECT LOCATION.

Frog Pond Preserve

Entrance on Canyon Del Rey Rd. between General Jim Moore Blvd. & Highland St.

Garland Parking lot & Visitor Center

700 West Carmel Valley Rd. – Approximately 8.6 miles east of Highway 1 or 1 mile west of Laureles Grade

E. Garzas Trailhead (GARLAND PARK)

From Highway 1, go east on Carmel Valley Rd. for 10.2 miles, turn right on Boronda Rd., go 0.5 miles, turn left on E. Garzas Rd., go 0.2 miles to trailhead on right hand side.

Kahn Ranch Addition to Garland Park

From Highway 1, go east on Carmel Valley Rd. for 11.8 miles, turn right on Esquiline Rd., go 0.6 miles, turn right on Southbank Rd., go 0.8 miles.  Go left at Hitchcock Canyon Rd., go 0.6 miles to Kahn Ranch entrance & parking area.

Marina Dunes Preserve

Take Highway 1 to Reservation Rd. exit (west), turn right at Dunes Dr., cul-de-sac at end of road

Mill Creek Preserve

Drive approximately 10 miles south from Rio Rd. in Carmel on Highway 1 toward Big Sur. Look for Palo Colorado Canyon Rd. (about ¼ mile past Rocky Point Restaurant).  Turn left on Palo Colorado Canyon Rd. The entrance to Mill Creek Preserve is located approximately 6.8 miles east of Highway 1. Drive very slowly and carefully. Parking is available on the shoulder of the road, adjacent to the entrance to the trail.  The Mill Creek Preserve is currently open to limited public access by permit reservation only, on a “first come, first served” basis for up to 8 permits per day.

Palo Corona Ranch

To enter the park via Highway 1 (west gate)
Take Highway 1 south past Rio Rd. intersection in Carmel; proceed south of Carmel River Bridge approximately 200 yards.  Make the left-hand turn into the park entrance driveway. Do not block driveway.  Limited parking is available on the shoulder of Highway 1.  Palo Corona Regional Park is currently open to limited public access by permit reservation only, on a “first come, first served” basis for up to 13 permits per day.

To enter the park via the new South Bank Trail (east gate)
Parking is available in the new Big Sur Land Trust parking lot at 26700 Rancho San Carlos Road, which is about 0.40 miles from Carmel Valley Road, over the Carmel River bridge.  There is no parking along the road shoulders.  Turn right at the mailbox, into the first small, gravel parking area.  Parking is very limited and first-come-first-served.
To ensure that your experience is enjoyable, please observe:

For all hikes, wear boots or sturdy walking shoes appropriate for rugged trails.
Dress in layers.  The weather can be unpredictable.  No matter what season it is, be prepared for rain, wind, fog, or sun.
Carry ample water with you to drink.  Water is not available at many of the hike locations.
Restrooms are not always available, please plan accordingly.
Dogs are allowed only on our special hikes for owners and leashed dogs.