1. Pt. Lobos State Park: Easy to Moderate Located just three miles south off of HWY 1 “The greatest meeting of land and water in the world”, famed landscape artist Francis McComa’s bold but justified claim for the area. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to hike the entire loop from Whalers Cove to China Beach.
2. Garland Regional Park: Moderate to Strenuous Located 10 miles out off Carmel Valley road. Garland Regional Park has a variety of hiking trails with great views of Carmel Valley. It is Pet Friendly!!
3. Palo Carona Regional Park: Easy to Moderate Located three miles east of Carmel off Carmel Valley road. Park in the visitor center parking and visit the small museum before you head out on a short hike. Inspiration Point trail is the highlight of the park. After an 850 foot climb you will appreciate the views of the Carmel Coastline and Carmel Valley!
4. Andrew Molera State Park: Easy to Moderate Located twenty-four miles south on Hwy 1. Another great meeting of rugged coastline and beach. There are a variety short trails connecting to the beach. Spend the day at the beach!
5. Garrapata State Park(Soberanese Canyon Trail: Moderate to Strenuous. Located 8.7 miles south off of Hwy 1. There are no parking sign. Look for the row of cars parked on the left side of Hwy 1. Easy hike into the redwoods. If you choose to do the complete hike clockwise or counterclockwise prepare yourself for a steep climb. It is well worth the climb once you reach the top as it boasts some stunning views of the Big Sur coastline!