Soberanes Trail & Rocky Ridge Trail in Garrapata State Park

California's wildflowers congregate here in the spring which is the best time for a visit. Soberanes Creek will guide you into a valley of redwoods. The shaded valley then opens into fields of wildflowers that stop only when the views of the Pacific Ocean take over. Your heart will beat hard on this challenging hike, but one view after another will pull you upward. Plan to climb and descend slowly as the trail is steep and the views merit frequent rest stops. Come with high expectations and bring a camera or a canvas.


Trip Planning
TRAIL INFORMATION
Distance: 4.7 mile loop
Cumulative Elevation: 1,650ft
High Point: 1,800ft
Low Point: 150ft
GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: Garrapata State Park
Description: California's wildflowers congregate here in the spring which is the best time for a visit. Soberanes Creek will guide you into a valley of redwoods. The shaded valley then opens into fields of wildflowers that stop only when the views of the Pacific Ocean take over. Your heart will beat hard on this challenging hike, but one view after another will pull you upward. Plan to climb and descend slowly as the trail is steep and the views merit frequent rest stops. Come with high expectations and bring a camera or a canvas.
Permit/Fees: No permits or fees. Daytime hiking only.
Contact: Monterey District 2211
Garden Road Monterey, CA 93940
831.649.2836
Water: I believe there is a water fountain early in the hike. Please confirm if you know.
Bathrooms: Porta potty next to the barn in the first few minutes of the hike.
Address: Garrapata State Park is seven miles south of Carmel Valley Road, off Highway 1 in Carmel. There’s a highway turnout at mileage marker 65.8.
Parking: Lots of parking on Hwy 1, but you might have weight 10 minutes for a spot to open on a busy day.
Book: Day Hikes Around Monterey & Carmel
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Additional Info: Visit downtown Carmel Valley for some of California's best food and tasting.
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4 comments:

  1. When we went to Garrappata a couple weeks ago, there was a sign that said the trail connecting Soberanes and Rocky Ridge was closed. Do you know if it is still passible, or is there a definate good reason that it is closed?

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  2. I'll check into this more. I haven't been there since the Spring flower season.

    Thanks for letting me know. Does anyone else know about this?

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  3. Thanks! I was tempted to try walking the whole thing anyway, but decided against it.

    Also, do you know if there are cougers and or bears in the area? If so, what practical advise do you have if one encounters them? People say things like make yourself seem large, etc etc etc ... but I'm no so sure about that.

    Do you have advice for if you encounter a cougar while walking a dog? Would a very large shepherd/akita mix scare off a cougar or draw it closer? My husband said something about dogs attracting bears while we were going through bear country in South Dakota.

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  4. Thank you for writing this blog, because if it wasn't for this blog I never would have gotten off my duff to finally hike this loop. I wrote about it at my blog, http://theunlikelytrailblazer.blogspot.com/ (I'm working on a better title, for right now this blog is just for my journaling enjoyment.)

    Anyway, the top absolutely took my breath away. How beautiful! Panoramic views of the coastline, and even the valley! I could see all the way to Santa Cruz.

    I wish the state would do some trail maintenance.

    Have you ever thought about heading down to the Pinnacles? You'll think you were transported to another state somehow. In the middle of no where, out of the blue, you are in a dormant volcano bed. Entrance fee is only $4 per car. So worth it!

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