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Garland Ranch Regional Park: 5-Mile Moderate, Dog Friendly, Off-Leash Hike

This hike is moderately steep with 1,000 feet elevation gain, including some stair climbing. The entire park is an off-leash park -- 4,462 acres. You are welcome to join us whether or not you have a dog.

Rules: Owners must maintain visual contact with their dogs at all times and dogs must be under voice command.

Strongly suggested: Bring layers and wear hiking shoes.

Meeting Place: the parking lot at the sign for the entry to the park.


Meeting Time: 12:45 for a 1:00 departure.

Getting There: 

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.Garland Ranch Regional Park 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: 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 (the latter of which has been closed), 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. 

Despite the fact that the waterfall is dry this time of year, the geography of the Waterfall Trail is beautiful. We will take the Lupine Trail to the Waterfall Trail to the Garzas Canyon Trail (with nice views of the surrounding tree-filled hills) to the Oakview Trail to the Vaquero Trail and return via the Waterfall Trail and Lupine Trail. Snively's Ridge, which has the panoramic views, has been closed due to erosion.

Download a PDF of the Garland Ranch Regional Park trail map from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District website. 



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  • Barbara S

    Wow; you really get around! That's great; not sure I can make this one ... we'll see. Thanks for including such a variety of areas on your offerings :-)

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Down past LA? Hmm that's really far!

    October 24, 2013

  • Auda

    This maybe too much for my knee.

    October 23, 2013

  • Emily R.

    This sounds like a great day. And my husband and I will bring our dog Mazzy! Never been to Garland Ranch before so will be new exploration for us. Thanks!

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, we'll be traveling for Halloween.

    October 20, 2013

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