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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
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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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Snivleys Ridge Trail
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14 Completed 17 Reviews

Steady uphill climb from 200 ft to 1600 ft. Great views of Garzas Canyon, Monterey Bay and Laureles Grade. Lengthen the downhill trail down by taking some alternate side trails, all pretty much getting you back down to the visitors center.

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Carmel River Trail
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14 Completed 17 Reviews

3/15/14 - From Los Padres Dam to Carmel River Camp - 11 miles r/t. Stayed one night with my 10 yr old daughter. She loved the trail and playing in the river. Great hike with a few Difficult spots but I mostly consider this as a Moderate hike. Reservoir was full as opposed to a few weeks ago when it looked 30' lower than tree line. The river crossings were all rock hoppers and the poison oak is a bit encroaching onto some sections. Overall really nice and the no fire order had been lifted about a week before we went so a nice small evening fire was nice.

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
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14 Completed 17 Reviews

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Waterfall Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

The Waterfall Trail is inside Garland Ranch. It is a beginners hike. It will get you breathing a little hard because of the incline, but it's not a killer by any means.

As the name implies a Waterfall you would expect a Waterfall. If you are expecting one, don't be because I've never seen one there before. If you go immediately after it rains you may or may not see a dribble going down the cliff.

If you want to see an actual Waterfall you will have to go to Big Sur or Kahn Ranch (in Carmel Valley). The Waterfalls in Monterey County are not powerful ones that you see in movies so don't be expecting much.

While you are hiking the Waterfall Trail I would recommend hiking up the the Mesa (you can get a map at the Visitor Center at Garland Ranch). Also check out the three points that Garland Ranch features.

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Carmel River Trail
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14 Completed 17 Reviews

Great hike to recon some overnight spots for the near future. Started at 9a with my daughter and headed out to see the Bluff campsite and Carmel River campsite. Easy trail to follow, one creek crossing over a log and one rock-hopping river crossing. Doable now but most rocks we used would be covered with some rain. If so, wading knee deep would be possible. Two trails leave the Bluff area (clean and empty and a total of 4 sites, all empty today) across the river but one ends upstream 100 yds (just a water access trail). The other trail heads up over a small pass and you enter the Ventana Wilderness/Los Padres National Forest (sign post). The Carmel River campsite has 2 large camp areas and was empty today. Will definitely come back for a 2 night trip. Was 11 miles r/t from dam parking area.

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Garland Ranch Waterfall Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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