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Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
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.
Day Hikes around Big Sur
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.
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.
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!
Busy trail, but nice walk through the forest. Waterfall was small this time of year. Lots of foliage, flowers, and huge oak trees.
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!!
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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