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Lupine Loop Trail

Garland Ranch Regional Park

Big Sur Coastline, California

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  • The main entrance into Garland Ranch Regional Park from the parking area puts you onto the edge of the Lupine Loop Trail.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • A visitor center makes a good starting point to the trail.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • The Garland Ranch Visitor Center with benches, interpretive signs, and bathrooms.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • Wild lupine.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • The Lupine Loop Trail begins as a ramble across a flat meadow.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • Benches sit sporadically along the trail, providing great places to take in the valley views.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).- Lupine Loop Trail
  • The loop trail leaves the meadow and enters a shaded canyon.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • Wild lupine.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • Large oak trees provide picturesque scenes along the hike.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • A song for the park set into one of its benches.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • California poppy grows abundantly throughout the area.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • Wildflowers along the trail.- Lupine Loop Trail
  • The loop trail falls back into the meadow as it returns to the park entrance and visitor center.- Lupine Loop Trail
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Pros: 
Easy trail. Many varieties of wildflowers.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
80.00 ft (24.38 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
1.25 mi (2.01 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
206.00 ft (62.79 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Lupine Loop Trail is a short, relatively flat, and great introductory trail within the Garland Ranch Regional Park trail system. Lupine Loop is the first trail encountered when entering the park from the primary parking area. It passes the park's visitor center—the only bathrooms and drinking water located in the park—and also intersects with several other trails of interest in the park.

At about 1.25 miles in length, the Lupine Loop Trail begins in a wide grassy meadow in the Carmel Valley. It crosses the valley and heads up into a gentle rolling topography of shady oak trees and larger brush that stand in the shadow of the Santa Lucia mountain range's northern end.

The grassy meadow features over 350 varieties of wildflowers—entire books have been published just for identifying wildflowers within the Garland Ranch Park—particularly in the spring months. There are several small spurs from the Lupine Loop heading down to the Carmel River, which is a popular place for swimming and wading in the warmer months.

A visitor center sits along the trail about 0.2 mile from the park entrance bridge. The visitor center has displays and is staffed daily by volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are also drinking fountains, bathrooms, and a short interpretive nature trail beginning and ending at the visitor center.

Trail maps of the park are available at the visitor center for $1, or loaners are available that you can replace following your hike. 

There is no cost to enter the park. Park hours are daily from sunrise until a half hour after sunset.

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