GROUP HIKES & EVENTS

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 hike leaders are listed on the schedule, along with a short description of the planned hike.

April 2016 Hikes

May 2016 Hikes

 


 

Prepare for Your Hike

To ensure that your hiking experience is enjoyable, please observe the following precautions:

  • Wear boots or sturdy walking shoes appropriate for rugged trails.
  • Dress in layers. The weather can be unpredictable.
  • Carry ample water with you to drink. Parts of some hikes are in full sun. Water is not available at many of the hike locations.
  • Restrooms are not always available, so please plan accordingly.
  • Only service dogs are allowed on hikes led by MPRPD Volunteer Naturalists and other Let’s Go Outdoors! instructors. On self-guided hikes, dogs must be leashed or under immediate voice and visual control at all times.
  • Park District staff, volunteers and the public, during special events, might operate vehicles on Garland Park roads and trails. All other users must yield to vehicles.

Help us promote safety on multi-use trails.

Please be courteous on the trail. Stay alert and make sure your presence in known to other trail users, particularly when approaching from behind.

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Some trails in Garland Ranch Regional Park permit horses and bicycles. Hikers yield to horses; bicyclists yield to hikers and horses.

SELF-GUIDED HIKES

Along with the popular series of Volunteer Naturalist-led hikes, MPRPD now offers self-guided hikes at Garland Ranch Regional Park.

Hike Guides describe the distance, approximate hiking time and elevation gain for each hike, as well as providing step-by-step directions, a map and important reminders. Hike Guides are available at the Garland Park Visitor Center, you can also download and print your own Hike Guides from the PDF links below.

Self-Guided Hikes at Garland Ranch Regional Park:

Along with the Rancho Loop hike, this is a good choice for those who wish to experience Garland Ranch with a short hike without much elevation gain.

1.4 miles: 30 minutes:102 ft.


Along with the Lupine Loop hike, this is a good choice for those who wish to experience Garland Ranch with a short hike without much elevation gain.

1.5 miles: 35 minutes:127 ft.


This is a good family hike. It is relatively easy yet nevertheless takes you through the forest and the alluvial plain. There are numerous interpretative signs on the trail, and you will see where Native Americans ground acorns.

1.8 miles: 55 minutes (including about 15 minutes to read signs): 285 ft.


This is a good hike for those without a lot of time but who still want to get some exercise and see views of Carmel Valley.

2.5 miles: 1 hour: 465 ft.


La Mesa is an elevated, open meadow that provides good views of Carmel Valley. It’s a popular location within Garland Ranch Regional Park.

3.4 miles: 1 hour 15 minutes: 630 ft.


This hike takes you along Garzas Creek, crossing the Creek six times, then up through the beautiful redwood forest of Redwood Canyon. The elevation gain is gradual for the most part. The hike can only be completed when the seasonal footbridges are in, generally from sometime in April to sometime in November.

4.0 miles: 1 hour 45 minutes: 655 ft.


This is a great choice for those looking for a longer hike with elevation but who aren’t looking to go all the way to Snively’s Ridge. There are great views of Carmel Valley from the Sky and Sage trails.

4.3 miles: 1 hour 50 minutes: 997 ft.


This hike takes you to the highest spot in Garland Ranch Regional Park with great views of the Monterey Peninsula.

6.4/7.0 miles:2 hours 40 minutes/3 hours 10 minutes:1950 ft.


DIRECTIONS TO GROUP HIKES & EVENTS

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.