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⛰🏃🏻♀️Garland Ranch Challenge in Carmel Valley🏃🏻♂️⛰ 14miles- ish, 4100elev
November 15, 2019, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
This is NOT BEGINNER’S HIKE. This hike is strenuous due mileage, elevation gain and pace. Everyone will go on a waitlist. Hikers with a history of hiking with me will have priority, and/or other hiking leaders that can vouch for your hiking abilities.
My hikes tend to be at a fast pace with less stops, as well as steep ascents and descents, so some hikers consider my hikes to be harder and more challenging than the typical SJMW hikes (depending on your individual hiking skills/experience).
For the safety of the entire group, if you are lagging too far behind the majority of the group, I may need to ask you to head back to our start point/parking lot and will provide directions to do so.
Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”’ of the MPRPD (Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District) properties, representing the District’s first parkland acquisition. The park was purchased in 1975 from William Garland II, who generously gifted a portion of the cost by reducing the purchase price to below fair market value. An eminent southern California community leader, Mr. Garland spent many summers with his family on the “ranch”.
This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply. Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. Garzas Creek gently bisects the park and provides a peaceful, shaded trail that reaches a secluded side canyon of redwoods.
Date: Friday November 15, 2019
Parking: Garland Ranch Regional Park
700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley CA
Coordinates:[masked],[masked]Startpoint: We will meet at the Garland Ranch Visitor’s Center.
From the parking lot, follow the path that is located at “Garland Ranch Regional Park” wood trellis( there is also a sign that says “Visitor’s Center”). The path leads over a bridge (crossing over the Carmel River) and ends at the Visitor’s Center
Parking is Free
Restrooms: at Visitor’s Center
What to bring: 3- 4L water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, poles, Electrolytes
Weather forecast: TBA
Exposure: a significant amount of these trails are fully exposed, with some wooded trails. Poison oak on some trails
Sorry, no dogs and no guests