Lupine Loop

Monterey County, California 93922

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain145ft
Trailhead Elevation195ft
Top246ft
Elevation Min/Max169/246ft
Elevation Start/End195/195ft

Lupine Loop

Lupine Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 195 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 145 feet. The General Parking and Horse Trailer Parking can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Cottonwood Trail, Sycamore Trail and Fern Trail.

Lupine Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Lupine Loop is an easy hike that circles Lupine Meadow. The riverside meadow is covered in grasses and wildflowers and is dotted with cottonwoods, oaks, sycamores, and pines. The willow-lined banks of the Carmel River border the east side of the meadow. The Sycamore and Cottonwood Trails meander through the meadow, offering variations to the route."

"This hike begins at Lupine Meadow by the Carmel River and climbs to La Mesa, a large grassy terrace with a wildlife habitat pond. En route to La Mesa, the trail passes ephemeral Garland Ranch Falls, then climbs to the Oakview Trail, perched on a mountain cliff overlooking Garzas Canyon. The stream-fed canyon bisects Garland Ranch. The trail follows the hillside 500 feet above Garzas Canyon and returns through a grove of stately oaks."

"This hike begins at Lupine Meadow by the Carmel River and climbs to La Mesa, a large grassy terrace with a wildlife habitat pond. En route to La Mesa, the trail passes ephemeral Garland Ranch Falls, then climbs to the Oakview Trail, perched on a mountain cliff overlooking Garzas Canyon. The stream-fed canyon bisects Garland Ranch. The trail follows the hillside 500 feet above Garzas Canyon and returns through a grove of stately oaks."

"Garland Park stretches from the willow-lined Carmel River to the crest of the Santa Lucia Range. This hike begins at the river and climbs through oak woodlands to Snively’s Ridge at the mountain crest, stretching 1 ,600 feet above Carmel Valley. From the ridge are sweeping, unobstructed bird’s-eye views of Carmel Valley, the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas, and the interior Santa Lucia Mountains. Portions of the Snively’s Ridge Trail are tirelessly steep and require frequent rest stops."

"Garland Park stretches from the willow-lined Carmel River to the crest of the Santa Lucia Range. This hike begins at the river and climbs through oak woodlands to Snively’s Ridge at the moun- tain crest, stretching 1 ,600 feet above Carmel Valley. From the ridge are sweeping, unobstructed bird’s-eye views of Carmel Valley, the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas, and the interior Santa Lucia Mountains. Portions of the Snively’s Ridge Trail are tirelessly steep and require frequent rest stops."

Lupine Loop Reviews

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9/15/2009
Nice day hike, I would advise beginning on the ridge trail(all uphill but wide trail road) and decending down the bluffs trail ending on the beach at mouth of Big Sur river. Nice view at peak with a bench to rest and take in the scene.
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9/2/2008
This trail has great views and is reasonably challenging due to its length. The trail is wide at most points. If you park along highway 1 north of the Andrew Molera entrance you can save a few dollars on parking and jump in the Big Sur River after you are done with the hike!
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4/9/2008
Busy trail, but nice walk through the forest. Waterfall was small this time of year. Lots of foliage, flowers, and huge oak trees.
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2/17/2008
As everyone say - the view is just too good. Different terrain - forest, beach, mountain, crossing the river. The panorama hike is a little touch, other than that most of the hike is easy. We modified this trail a little - beach trail(1 mile) – bluff (1.7 mile) – panorama(1.3 miles) - Ridge (only half -1.6 miles )- hidden trail (0.75 mile) - river trail(1.5 miles). Hidden trail was steep down hill and was fun. Almost every one we met on the trail was hiking this loop in the reverse order though. You get the map @ the gate for a dollar and the trail is marked very well. The weather is perfect now. Since it was not very hot, we just survived on just a bottle of water. Look out for poison oaks!!
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8/12/2006
Actually did most of this hike in the reverse direction from the parking lot via the River, Hidden, Ridge, Panorama, Bluffs, and Beach Trails. Ridge Trail was wide and easy. Panorama Trail was hacked through the abundant poison oak patches, with just enough room to walk through in places without getting touched, but there was never any problem following the trail. Bluffs Trail was easy. Conditions were cloudy and cool. Water consumption two quarts per person. Creek water was available at Springs Trail. Good view from the top of Ridge Trail (would be spectacular on a clear day).
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6/23/2006
It was a nice hike -- lots of different types of terrain: meadow, thick brush, forrest, beach, and good scenery. A little ways past the top of "ridge trail" (where the bench is) there are a few steps leading to an overlook where you can see what looks like a really fancy house (or compound). I missed it the first time I did the hike. I had a couple of complaints: the "panoramic trail" segment had long parts that were extremely overgrown (I picked a few ticks off my clothes there). And for about half the hike, the flies were a problem. But it was easier than we expected -- total hiking time was about 3.5 hours including lunch and a couple short breaks.
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3/11/2006
Absolutely spectacular hike, as most are around Big Sur. Without the "summer bridges" in place, at this time of year you have no choice but to wade through 3' of freezing, fast-flowing water at the river just by the trailhead, but it's 110% worth it - we didn't see another soul on the whole of the 9 mile hike on a beautiful March Saturday.
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11/2/2005
We actually did the hike twice, we liked it so much. Once on Saturday and once on Sunday. Late in October. The weather was perfect; foggy by the water and clear once we climbed to the ridge. Even though it was a weekend we saw no one once we were about 0.5 miles out from the main trail. Just beware of the massive amounts of poisen oak encroaching on the trail.
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7/5/2005
beautiful views of the water to one side and mounatins to the other. some poison oak, but all in all a great experience. moderate to easy level. No need to wade the river the way I went (leaving from the middle of the parking lot).
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9/21/2004
Bring socks if you decide to embark on the trail as before reaching the head of the trail proper you have to wade across a small river about knee-deep. I''m not a seasoned hiking (coming from a small island state of Singapore) and my hiking comnpanion and I found the loop trail fairly tough, especially up the incline. 2 pluses: the trail is not crowded and we managed to see a little wild-dog looking animal lope across our path. On the way down the Ridge trail, we had a great view of the ocean and as it was still grey whale migration season, we had a great thrill spotting many whales spout and breach, albeit from a distance. The minus: after climbing all the way to the peak, we expected to see the panorama which the trail is famed (and named) for. Alas, due to foggy conditions, the summit was shrouded with thick fog :(
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Monterey County
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Dog-friendly
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Garland Ranch Regional Park
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USGS: Seaside and Mt. Carmel
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