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Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
The 5th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed…more
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Garrapata State Park

Garrapata State Park, an unknown Big Sur jewel, is a treasure to those who have discovered it. Garrapata State Park's unpopulated hiking trails provide access to both the beautiful Big Sur coastline and the breathtaking Santa Lucia Mountains and lie within a short drive of Carmel. Soberanes Point is named after the Ezequiel Soberanes Rancho that was once located there, while Doud River is named after the one-time Doud Ranch which owned a large section of what is now Garrapata State Park.

This park is subtly marked, with only one "Garrapata State Park" sign and nineteen discreetly numbered turnout markers, and aficionados prefer to keep it that way so it remains unspoiled. These numbered markers lead to some of the best Big Sur hiking trails. Garrapata State Park's redwood groves and spectacular coastline are largely hidden from the road, seen only by those who take to its trails.

Day Use

Unspoiled Garrapata State Park is a perfect spot for rugged Big Sur hiking and great ocean fishing. Migrating whales pass by Garrapata State Park's shoreline during winter migrations, and can be seen with the naked eye from Soberanes Point. Garrapata State Park is also a great spot for photography. Cycling is allowed on the Rocky Ridge hiking trail only. Dogs, which must be kept on leash at all times, are only allowed on Garrapata Beach.

Hiking

Some of the best Big Sur hiking trails are hidden at Garrapata State Park. To explore Garrapata State Park's rocky cliffs, park at Turnouts 7-10, all of which give access to the Soberanes Point hiking trails. For beach access, stop at Turnouts 18 or 19, both of which give coastal access. Turnout 18 is also near the trail head for the picturesque Doud Creek Trail.

The trailheads for the popular Soberanes Canyon and Rocky Ridge hiking trails are located at Turnout 13. Refer to number 7 on our page Top Ten Day Hikes in Monterey County for a detailed description of this hiking loop.

Map and Directions

All turnouts for Big Sur's Garrapata State Park are located on the west side of Highway One.

From Rio Road in Carmel, drive 6.7 miles south and look out for the "Garrapata State Park" sign. The first numbered turnout is located immediately after that sign, with turnouts 2-19 following. If you pass a mile marker labeled "MON 63.00," you've gone too far.

From Big Sur, drive 18 miles north (slightly north of Rocky Point) and watch for mile marker "MON 63.00." Turnout 19 lies shortly thereafter.


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