Hike Date: March 5, 2011
Distance: ~ 2 miles, there are lots of trails though
Trail(s): Coastal Trail, Doud Creek Trail
Where’s it at? Highway 1 in Carmel, CA, Northern Big Sur


Garrapata State Park runs along Highway 1 just south of Carmel, CA and on the northern tip of Big Sur. The beaches here are absolutely gorgeous with very fine-grain tan-colored sands and blue waters that make you feel like you’re at a tropical paradise.

Next time you visit Monterey or the Aquarium, consider driving another 20 minutes south to take a hike along the Coastal trail. You’ll be amazed.

On this adventure we still had to drive back home so didn’t have a ton of time, and as such we just did some short hiking along the beach and down on the beaches. We were also a little tired from sitting in a spa at the highly recommended Monterey Bay Inn for about 4 hours the night prior, with drinks in hand!

Even the drive along the coast is soothing. We drove a little further south and found a few photo-worthy overlooks, some of which are pictured below.

Definitely intend to get back and explore this area more. Maybe I’ll post the Aquarium photos soon also.

Photos from Garrapata State Park (click to enlarge)

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Directions to Garrapata State Park


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Weather at Carmel, CA

Written on March 5th, 2011 in Hiking, The Whole Thing
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