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Point Lobos State Marine Reserve

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Point Lobos State Marine Reserve is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Waterfall - Mesa Loop
by Brian Cook

22 Completed 12 Reviews

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
by Brian Cook

22 Completed 12 Reviews

Fun trail!! Makes a nice loop up to Mesa and Deer/Fern/buckeye trails.

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I took my terrier "Daisy Duke" and we hiked almost to the very top of Garland to Snively Ridge. It was AMAZING! We past the waterfall but there was no water since we are in a drought. There was a pond in the mesa and the creek at the entrance. Bring water for yourself and your dog as it can get HOT!. There is a spot to get water at the equestrian tie rail.

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Waterfall Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy and nice hike with an abundance of wildlife.

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

This is definitely a seasonal waterfall so I recommend going after a good rain. I love Garland ranch because it is so dog friendly, you can have your dog off leash as long as they stay close by and are quickly responsive when listening for the command to come when called. if you do have your dog off leash, do know that there are horses permitted on certain trails and to leash your dog up when one comes along so you can avoid spooking the horse and/or your dog from running away. I also enjoy letting my dog swim in the slow flowing river between the parking area and the visitor center

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Carmel River Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

5/3/15 - My 12 yr old daughter and myself just completed a 3 day/2 night from China Camp at Tassahara Rd through Pine Valley to Los Padres Dam. Great trip but a very tough through the stretch from Pine Valley to Hidding Camp. We made it to Buckskin Flat camp in 7 hours with a couple of long breaks in between. The trail through this section was severely overgrown with probably 15 fallen trees. If I had know it was this bad I would not have tried and instead opted for the Carmel river trail in and out. I would not recommend this stretch until maintenance is done as the growth will only get worse. Ton's of poison oak as well. If you go, don't attempt without good trail pants, long sleeves, gloves and a face net (bugs). Getting to the river trail was a great reward and this trail, while also a bit overgrown in places, was beautiful. I'm in really good shape as is my daughter and the 2nd leg was pretty grueling so I would consider the overall trip moderate.

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Lupine Loop
by Veronica Norris

6 Completed 4 Reviews

Nice walking trail and family friendly.

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orchard loop
by Veronica Norris

6 Completed 4 Reviews

Easy walking trail. Can get hot, so bring sun screen and a hat.

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
by Stephanie Thomson

5 Completed 1 Reviews

We took 8 kids 4 and under on this little loop. It was perfect for them- wide trails that were easy to stay on with plenty of trees and sticks to keep them excited.

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Chews Ridge - China Camp to Los Padres Dam via Pine Valley (Backpacking)
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

well it was about 18.8 miles long

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