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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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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 5 Reviews

well it was about 18.8 miles long

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Waterfall - Mesa Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I went on this hike yesterday and it was extremely gorgeous. From the visitor center we headed toward Waterfall trail. Along j the path was this gorgeous scenery! There were warnings for active wasp nest approximately 1/8 mile above the waterfall but we didn't see any. From there headed to the Mesa pond which disappointed us expected something bigger but due to our drought we understood. Took all of Mesa back and it was well worth.. Love this trail!

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Snivleys Ridge Trail
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

Took Waterfall Trail from the visitor's center to Mesa Trail and then up to Snivley's Ridge. Really good views along the ridge trail and the climb isn't too hard.

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

Started at the visitor center, took Waterfall Trail up to Mesa Pond, then followed Snivley's Ridge Trail up about half the way. Some great lookout views on Snivley's Ridge. Not too tough, though it does get steep in some parts near the end. Waterfall was dried up during July.

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Garland Ranch has great easy walking trails but no waterfall this time of year.
Never crowded with lots of sunshine and beautiful views of the Carmel Valley

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