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September 9, 2006
Garrapata State Park
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September 9, 2006
Garrapata State Park 
Monterey County

The Place

        Located three miles south of Wild Recovery favorite Point Lobos State Park on Highway 1, Garrapata State Park offers some of the same spectacular ocean views as Point Lobos along with an opportunity to head inland. In just three relatively flat miles, we will experience three distinct landscapes. The temperature can change over 30 degrees from coastal fog, to brilliant shadeless sunshine to cool filtered sun. 

Getting There

        DIRECTIONS: From San Jose take Highway 101 South to Highway 156 WEST to Highway 1 South. Follow signs for Big Sur through Monterey and past Carmel. Garrapata State Park is 6.9 miles south of Rio Road (the last traffic light on Highway 1). PARKING: There are no parking lots or official entrance, just a redwood sign that is easy to miss. Look for a small barn and row of Eucalyptus trees on your left and continue about 2/10ths of a mile to the third gated entrance-gate 10. Because of the poor markings, be on the lookout for the blue and white "WR" Wild Recovery sign. Parking is along the shoulders of Highway 1.  

Drive Time 1 Hour 30 minutes - Parking Free - Dogs not allowed on trails

Walking the Walk

        (Level 2 - Miles: 6 - Elevation 300')  Our first mile will be a loop trail along the bluffs of the Big Sur coastline to the sound of barking sea lions, then across Highway 1 and inland another 1.5 miles along Soberanes Creek across a dry chaparral flanked by steep mountains. In the final mile, we are under a canopy of redwood, bay leaf and big leaf maples on a rocky creek bed covered with lush green ferns and sorrel. After the meeting, we will retrace our steps back to Highway 1. (For the more adventurous, there is a strenuous loop back up and across a mountain ridgeline with ocean views.) 



Know Before You Go

        ATTENTION: This season both poison oak and ticks have flourished in sections the park. Some of the trail is narrow, so LONG PANTS ARE RECOMMENDED. Wear layers and prepare for quick changes in temperature. 

Drive Time 1 Hour 30 minutes - Parking Free - Dogs not allowed on trails

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