Garrapata State Park

4.7327 Votes
  • Address: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923, United States, Big Sur
  • Phone: +1-8316244909
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Park

Come and visit the unknown jewel of Big Sur, commonly known as Garrapata State park. Filled with unexplored hiking trails, the path leads to the stunning view of the vast coastline of Big Sur and jaw-dropping view of Santa Lucia Mountains. The expedition doesn’t end here. Few trails even lead to the ocean beach and then into the redwood groves. Walk up to the beach, you might see sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters from a distant.

Enjoy your visit and you might discover some new trails of this park. 

Garrapata State Park Travel Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes as you need to walk a lot.
  • Call the park for reservation.
  • Call the park for the operating times.

How to Reach Garrapata State Park

  • By car and drive 18 miles north of Big Sur.

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  • Garrapata State Park Address: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923, United States, Big Sur
  • Garrapata State Park Contact Number: +1-8316244909
  • Time required to visit Garrapata State Park: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 13.87% of people who visit Big Sur include Garrapata State Park in their plan

  • 50% of people start their Garrapata State Park visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Garrapata State Park

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Garrapata State Park

People normally club together Palo Corona Regional Park and Carmel River State Beach while planning their visit to Garrapata State Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Garrapata State Park Reviews & Ratings

  • Breath-taking, beautiful, majestic, serene, colorful, opulent in natural wonder. This entire strip off the HWY 1 is worth visiting and spending a few days in to absorb & enjoy. I would recommend that anyone considering visiting stop thinking about it & just visit- you won’t regret it. Just a few tips: give yourself plenty of time, be patient with parking, forget your phone exists; enjoy.

  • Garrapata State Park has 2 miles (3.2 km) of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot (15 m) climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. The park also features coastal headlands at Soberanes Point.[4] California sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters while gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration. Please visit to get some breath taking views & aqua blue water colour. I love ❤️ it .

  • The mountain side is still mostly closed. It is not too frequently hiked. The ocean side is a different story. The scenary is stunning. The trail is now paved and much easier and safer to hike. The ocean side can get very windy and cold.

  • Beautiful, scenic area. The trails here are pretty easy to walk and offer amazing coastal views!

  • Wonderful park with free access. Port a potties available with no hand washing facilities. Relatively short coastal hikes with breathtaking views or much longer valley to ridge hikes with semi-challenging elevation. Trail is generally well maintained and very clear. Part of the longer trail is currently marked as closed because of maintenance issues. Well worth a visit, especially if Point Lobos is overcrowded (point lobos is better saved for a weekday, without crowds). Download the area maps to your phone prior to arrival, since there is virtually no cellular reception on all but a very tiny portion of this hike.

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