Palo Corona Regional Park Professional Review and Guide
"Palo Corona Regional Park sits at the northwest corner of the Santa Lucia Range, south of Carmel and above Monastery Beach and Point Lobos State Park. The 1 0,000-acre Palo Corona Ranch, stretching over 7 miles in length, was acquired by a collaboration between public agencies and conservation groups in 2004. The sprawling open-space park contains the headwaters to thirteen watersheds. It is a crucial wildlife corridor, protecting a diverse and endangered plant and animal species. The park’s significant wildlife habitats include streamside riparian forests, redwood and madrone forests, coast live oak woodlands, a coastal ter- race prairie, grasslands, native buckwheat, and vernal wetlands.The 680-acre “Front Ranch” portion of the park, managed by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, is open to the public. The park, bordered by the Carmel River to the north and Highway 1 to the west, has a trail system that crosses the grassy terrace and riparian corridor to Inspiration Point, an overlook on an oceanfront saddle. From the viewpoint is a bird’s-eye view of the Carmel Coast, Point Lobos, Carmel, and Pebble Beach. The trail continues to Animas Pond, a secluded, reed-filled wetland. Access is by permit only due to limited parking. Contact infor- mation is included above."