Hiking Carmel Valley’s Garland Ranch

With Spring just around the corner and the wild flowers beginning to bloom, there is no better time to get outdoors and enjoy all the beauty the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. One of my favorite activities with our kiddos is exploring and hiking the many public trails all over the Monterey Bay.

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Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley is open to the public and a great park for hikers of all levels. You are able to park easily and navigate your way into the park to find the best trail and distance. When first entering the park, I recommend stopping at the Visitor’s Center and adjacent, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Museum. Take a look at the map or go inside to ask one of the many volunteers or on duty ranger their recommendations for trails (even better, they have nice restrooms too)! The park is also dog friendly so make sure to bring Fido with you.

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From the Lupine Loop trail to the Snively’s Corral trail, choose which terrain and distance best suits you and your fellow hikers. No matter which six public trails you hit, you will experience authentic Carmel Valley. In the Spring months you are guaranteed to see various species of birds, California Poppies as well as other native plants and wildlife. AND during your visit, make sure to take a break at Garzas Creek, where you can cool off in the shade under the Willows.

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To plan ahead, download maps or learn more about Garland Ranch visit http://www.mprpd.org/garland-ranch-regional-park/ I urge you to visit Garland, pack the camera, bring a picnic and take in the natural surroundings and treasures at this California gem.

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