Soberanes Canyon Trail

Garrapata State Park, California

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain1,344ft
Trailhead Elevation99ft
Top691ft
Elevation Min/Max99/691ft
Elevation Start/End99/99ft

Soberanes Canyon Trail

Soberanes Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Garrapata State Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 99 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,344 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. This trail connects with the following: North Fork Loop Trail and Rocky Ridge Trail.

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Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Just south of Point Lobos, the undeveloped Garrapata State Park stretches along four miles of scenic coastline and into the inland mountains. Soberanes Creek flows through the south end of the park and empties into the Pacific by the rocky headlands of Soberanes Point. The Soberanes Canyon Trail follows the creek up a wet, narrow canyon through magnificent stands of huge redwoods (back cover photo). The trail crosses the creek seven times before climbing up to the head of the canyon. At the top, the trail emerges onto the dry, chaparral covered hillside with panoramic views." Read more
Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Just south of Point Lobos, the undeveloped Garrapata State Park stretches along four miles of scenic coastline and into the in- land mountains. Soberanes Creek flows through the south end of the park and empties into the Pacific by the rocky headlands of Soberanes Point. The Soberanes Canyon Trail follows the creek up a wet, narrow canyon through magnificent stands of huge redwoods. The trail crosses the creek seven times before climb- ing up to the head of the canyon. At the top, the trail emerges onto the dry, chaparral-covered hillside with panoramic views. If you wish to make the hike into a loop, it is recommended to start on the Rocky Ridge Trail—Hike 96—to avoid the steep climb from Soberanes Creek up to the ridge." Read more
Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press)
Analise Elliot Heid
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"Depending on your time and fitness level, you can approach this as either an easy 2.2-mile out-and-back hike or a strenuous 4.6-mile loop. In this direction the 4.6- mile loop features a particularly grueling climb—instead, consider beginning with the Rocky Ridge Trail and returning along the Soberanes Creek Trail." Read more
Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press)
Analise Elliot Heid
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"From turnout 7, the trail meanders south past uninhabited coves toward Soberanes Point. Along the way, watch pelicans skim wave crests in formation, peer down as surf surges into narrow inlets and coves, and maybe spot migrating whales. Some spurs lead to spectacular overlooks, while others descend to the beach for a barefoot stroll." Read more
Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Soberanes Point is a popular whale-watching spot in Garrapata State Park. The serrated headland is backed by Whale Peak, a 280-foot cone-shaped hill overlooking the Pacific. These coastal bluff trails along the point lead to a myriad of crenelated coves, hidden beaches, and rocky points. The trail circles the headland, overlooking sea caves, offshore stacks, and narrow inlets, then climbs Whale Peak. From the summit of the peak are 360- degree panoramic views, from Yankee Point in the north to Point Sur in the south." Read more
Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Soberanes Point is a popular whale-watching spot in Garrapata State Park. The serrated headland is backed by Whale Peak, a 280-foot cone-shaped hill overlooking the Pacific. These coastal bluff trails along the point lead to a myriad of crenelated coves, hidden beaches, and rocky points. The trail circles the headland, overlooking sea caves, offshore stacks, and narrow inlets, then climbs Whale Peak. From the summit of the peak are 360-degree panoramic views, from Yankee Point in the north to Point Sur in the south." Read more
Coastal Trails of Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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"This scenic hike along the windswept headlands of Garrapata State Park epitomizes the rugged splendor of the California coast. It boasts a picturesque wooden footbridge over a creek, a wild?ower bonanza in springtime, and two dramatic viewpoints on twin knolls. Soberanes Point is the portal to the big, beautiful Big Sur coast. This is a superb coastal sampler. The wooden footbridge above Soberanes Creek sets the tone for a hike on a trail developed to do justice to the panorama. Shortly after setting off from the trailhead, you come to a trail junction. The trail to the right is about 0.2 mile long and leads to a viewpoint. If time permits, you can explore that stitch either at the beginning of your hike or when you return to the trailhead at the end of this hike." Read more

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Trail Information

Garrapata State Park
Nearby City
Garrapata State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Garrapata State Park, (831) 624-4909, parks.ca.gov
Local Contacts
USGS: Soberanes Point
Local Maps

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Dec 2018