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Maple Canyon–Fern Canyon Loop Professional Review and Guide
"Garland Ranch Regional Park is home to several different habitats. This hike includes a sampling of several ecosystems. The hike begins at the Carmel River and crosses Lupine Meadow into a shady canyon. The trail then climbs the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains through oak groves and open chaparral to an old homestead site. The return route winds through a lush, narrow canyon to Fern Pond, a circular pond rimmed with trees and a variety of ferns."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books).
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