Garrapata State Park Wildflowers

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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.

Trailhead

The trailhead to Garrapata State Park

Wildflower Field

A field of wildflowers at the beginning of the hike

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Cactus

Cactus at the base of the canyon

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.

Canyon

Hiking through the bottom of the canyon

Redwood Sorrel

Redwood Sorrel

Purple Iris

Purple Iris

Closed Trail

Moselle climbing the closed section of the trail

Royal Larkspur

Royal Larkspur

Lupine

Heavy concentrations of Lupine here

Owl's Clover

Owl’s Clover

The trail flanked by lupine bushes

The trail flanked by lupine bushes

Cobweb Thistle

Cobweb Thistle, a native Californian plant mistaken for a weed

Lupine and Indian Paintbrush

Lupine and Indian Paintbrush

Fremont Star Lily

Fremont Star Lily

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.

Grassy Hill

A grassy hill and a highpoint for the area

The Ocean

The view of the ocean as we came down the front side of the park

The ocean views from Garrapata State Park

The view of the ocean as we came down the front side of the park

Lupine on the hills

Lupine along the hills of the front side of Garrapata State Park

Yellow Lupine

Yellow Lupine

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.

2 thoughts on “Garrapata State Park Wildflowers

  1. George

    Great photos. Hard to pic a favorite, but I will have to go with the yellow lupine. Just to be clear, my wife makes great lemon bars, but has not tried to make Shocktop yet. :)

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    1. tyler4588 Post author

      I’d have to agree on the Yellow Lupine. It’s awesome. And I’m sure your wife would make great Shocktop, too. Instead of a lemon on top, it’d have to be half of a lemon bar.

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