Explore Big Sur's Calla Lily Valley

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

4.5/5
based on 8 reviews

Description

Added by Courtney Clemmons

Leisurely walk to the beautiful Calla Lily Valley. Beautiful views of the beach. Bluff lined with succulents and wildflowers. Frolic in gorgeous wildflowers.

Parking is available along the dirt pullout at Gate 19 for Garrapata State Park, near mile-marker 63. Signs are small and difficult to see. Follow the path between the guide wires and take the right fork, heading north to the bluff overlooking the beach. Continue north and follow the trail down the stairs to Doud Creek, where the Calla Lilies bloom in the valley in late winter and spring. Follow the trail through the valley out to the beach.

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Features

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

Reviews

Beautiful spot but no Lily’s this time of year yet!

An easy to find hidden gem of incredible wildflowers. This place is almost too good to be true and is certainly better than I'd imagined.

Beautiful valley filled with flowers and then the ocean is right there! Worth the easy stroll down to explore and soak in the views!

As some previous posts mentioned there are no signs indicating the location of the valley. I used Google maps to guide me to a parking location and I then walked the trail down to the valley. It's really beautiful, despite me going after the spring blooming season. There is a small stream that runs through the valley, nothing too treacherous but just be aware as you traverse the rocks. You can then take the path to either the top of the hill where it is covered in beautiful wild flowers and overlooking the beach. The other option is to walk through the valley where it opens up to the beach. It's really a site.

Amazing views and easy to access! The wild flowers on the hillside take your breath away

This valley is really amazing no matter when you go, but to get the best flowers definitely stop and head down to see them between early February through early March!

Stumbled across this jem the other day. We could not resist the vibrant color of the water. Great photo opportunity and perfect for a quick visit to the beach!

This is a hidden gem. There are no explicit signs that direct you to the calla lilies, but the Description above does a pretty good job at leading you to the valley. Unfortunately with the California drought, most of the calla lilies were not in full bloom, but it's still scenic and the walk along the cliff side is beautiful.

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