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Big Sur International Marathon

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May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
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May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

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May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
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May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
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May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
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May
11
2014

Mother's Day Brunches in Monterey County

May. 11
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May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
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May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

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May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
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May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

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May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
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May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
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Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley

Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley

Garland Ranch Regional Park

Dog-friendly Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley is a popular spot for leisure hiking. Breathtaking views lie around every corner of this 4,462-acre park, with trails varying from easy to strenuous. Notable features at Garland Ranch Regional Park include the Carmel River, Garzas Creek, a redwood canyon and a charming waterfall. Historic buildings dot Garland Ranch Regional Park, allowing visitors to experience Carmel Valley as it once was.

Day Use

Garland Ranch Regional Park is Carmel Valley's central spot for hiking. It is also a popular location for horseback riding and birding, and one of the region's top geocacheing sites. Mountain biking is permitted on the Cooper Ranch Loop only; horseback riding is allowed on most other trails. Stop at the Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitors Center for hiking trail maps and information on park activities. The park rangers at Garland Ranch Regional Park are great resources, and can answer almost any question.

Dog-Friendly Hiking

Garland Ranch Regional Park has many off-leash areas for dogs to roam and is a popular Monterey dog-friendly hiking area. Dogs must be under voice command at Garland Ranch Regional Park, and owners must maintain visual contact with their dogs at all times. Many hiking trails at Garland Ranch Regional Park have specially designed water fountains, so hikers and their four-legged friends may both rehydrate.

Hiking

There's a trail at Garland Ranch Regional Park for every level of hiker, with nearly flat paths for the novice to steep inclines for the dedicated hiker. Easy trails include the Buckeye Nature Trail, which has many informative signs explaining the natural features of the park. The most difficult trails may be the East Ridge Trail or the Snivley's Ridge Trail, both of which have steep climbs with views of Carmel Valley and the Ventana Wilderness. Hiking trails wander alongside Garzas Creek, through Rumsien Indian habitation sites and nineteenth-century homesteading and logging settlements, along the Carmel River, and up the Santa Lucia Mountains. Download a PDF of the Garland Ranch Regional Park trail map from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District website. See item five on our list of Top Ten Day Hikes in Monterey County for details on a hike up the Waterfall and Snively's Ridge trails.

Map and Directions

From Highway 1, head east on Carmel Valley Road for 8.6 miles. Garland Ranch Regional Park's main entrance will be on your right.

From Highway 101, take Route 68 east to Laureles Grade. Take Laureles Grade to Carmel Valley Road and turn right. Garland Ranch Regional Park's main entrance will be on your left.


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