Garrapata State Park, just south of Carmel, is a great place to see wildflowers in the spring. On Wednesday, I went out with a few coworker friends, George and Moselle, to check out the displays. Needless to say, we were impressed.
The flowers greeted us at the trailhead, and they never really lightened up after this. While still at the base of the canyon, we even saw cactus. It was a strange sight to see so much cactus on the coast.
We climbed out of the canyon through the backside of the park. The trail was supposedly closed, but everyone was going through it anyway. We briefly passed through Redwood forest, but then emerged at out into the drier chaparral of the higher elevations. This here, had the largest variety of wildflowers I had ever seen before.
We ate lunch at the grassy top of the park, explored the summit area, then headed back down the front side. More flowers abounded, and so did views of the Central California Coast. The water was so much bluer than that of the bay area.
This was a seven mile hike, but it took us somewhere around 5 hours, which is much longer than any of us usually take for a hike like this. It was just so beautiful, though, that we had to make lots of stops to take pictures. We finished the day off with George’s wife’s famous lemon bars and some Shocktop. We drove back home tired, yet refreshed. This was a good day to hike.