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  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

    Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is a great spot for outdoor activities and attractions. From the scenic Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to the diverse hiking trails of the Garland Ranch Regional Park, there are plenty of adventures to be had. Point Lobos is a must-visit for its stunning coastal views, while the trails of Garland Ranch offer a variety of terrain for hikers of all levels. Visitors can also explore the 17-Mile Drive, a scenic drive along the Monterey Peninsula, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the top aquariums in the world. With so many top attractions, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect destination.

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    • Felton, California

      Hike Fall Creek at Henry Cowell SP

      5.0
      9.7 mi / 2191 ft gain
      This quiet 10 mile hike features a winding creek and tall redwoods throughout the trail.  The parking at the Fall Creek Trailhead is limited, so it is best to get there before 10am.  There are redwoods very close to the trail and a good portion is alongside the creek.  Most of the trail is dirt, ...
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    • Los Gatos, California

      Mountain Bike Soquel Demonstration Forest

      11 mi / 2070 ft gain
      As with many trail systems there are multiple routes and loops available at Sequel Demonstration forest of varying lengths and difficulty. The 3 main trails are all accessed via the same parking area on highland way. The most popular trail is the all skill levels "Flow" trail, followed by two sho...
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    • Morgan Hill, California

      Uvas Canyon Waterfall Loop

      4.0
      1.48 mi / 463 ft gain
      Uvas Canyon offers up to 6-miles of hiking trails, which includes a 1.5 mile loop, which runs along Swanson Creek and passes many of the park's waterfalls. To take short loop, head North out of the parking lot to the Swanson Creek Trail. Once you find Swanson Creek Trail, you'll be on the Waterfa...
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    • Paicines, California

      Balconies Cave Trail

      2.63 mi / 617 ft gain
      Balconies Cave Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Paicines, California.
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    • Paicines, California

      Hike the Juniper Canyon, High Peaks, Tunnel Trail Loop in Pinnacles NP

      5.0
      4.3 mi / 1200 ft gain
      Pinnacles National Park is located just over two hours outside of San Francisco (depending on the traffic). It was designated the 59th national park in 2013 and while it is small it offers beautiful views and unique wildlife viewing. Keep an eye out for California condors on this hike! This trail...
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    • Davenport, California

      Hike around Greyhound Beach and Climb Greyhound Rock

      0.7 mi / 0 ft gain
      The trailhead is at the Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area which is directly off Highway 1. There is a large paved parking lot with a good amount of trees so finding a shady parking spot isn't that difficult (if that's important to you). The parking lot is located on the beach cliffs ...
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    • San Benito County, California

      Explore Pinnacles National Park

      4.6
      It’s hard to believe how many people don’t know about this place, which was newly designated as a National Park in January 2013. Pinnacles National Park is hidden just south of San Jose in the Gabilan Mountains, and is a short drive for anyone living in the Bay Area.With beautiful rock spires pie...
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    • Paicines, California

      Hike to Bear Gulch Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park

      3.5
      1.5 mi / 275 ft gain
      Start the hike from the Bear Gulch Trail Parking lot.  While pulling in, the trail head is on the left.  The Trail is marked Reservoir, Caves, and High Peaks.  Continue down the trail until faced with a junction.  Make sure to admire rock formations while hiking!At the junction take the Bear Gulc...
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    • Paicines, California

      Hike the Old Pinnacle Trail in Pinnacles National Park

      5.0
      9 mi / 2000 ft gain
      Start at the Old Pinnacles Trailhead and embark on a roughly 9 mile long adventure surrounded by amazing geological rock formations and natural landscapes. Bask in the peace of nature... meander through meadows alongside the West Fork of Chalone Creek and into Old Pinnacles. Continuing on at the ...
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    • Paicines, California

      Hike the High Peaks & Balconies Cave Loop

      5.0
      8.4 mi / 1540 ft gain
      This hike can begin at Old Pinnacles Trailhead (East Entrance) or Chaparral Trailhead (West Entrance) and can be hiked in either direction. This description is from Old Pinnacles Trailhead, hiking clockwise, which gets the most demanding part of the hike done first. From Old Pinnacles Trailhead w...
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    • Davenport, California

      Kitesurf Waddell Beach

      4.0
      Just north of Santa Cruz at the far west end of Big Basin State Park, Waddell Beach offers one of California's top spots for kiteboarding.  Each spring and summer, you'll find consistent northwesterly afternoon sea breezes.  With the added bonus of consistent waves from wind and ground swell, Wad...
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    • Paicines, California

      Camp in Pinnacles National Park

      4.0
      / 1819 ft gain
      Pinnacles Campground is accessible from the east side of the park, and you generally lose cell service about 20 minutes before the park entrance. The campground offers tent camping, group camping, and a handful of RV sites. The tent and group sites have individual picnic tables and fire rings, an...
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    • Big Sur, California

      Goat Camp via Twitchwell Flat Use Trail

      5.0
      9.2 mi / 3852 ft gain
      To find this trailhead, head down Highway 1 towards Limekiln State Park Campground. Between Lucia and Limekiln, there should be a shoulder off the side of the road to park overnight. Cross the street to the trailhead of Twitchwell Flat Use Trail. Bear in mind that there is abundant poison oak alo...
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    • Big Sur, California

      3 Branches of the Limekiln

      4.0
      1.98 mi / 696 ft gain
      The Limekiln Trails offer up a moderate hike with defined trails, creek crossings, and limited elevation. From the parking area, head east under the canopy of redwoods until you get to the bridge, where there’s a kiosk marking the trail. The three branches are ~0.5 miles each, making it easy to ...
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    • Pescadero, California

      Pick Berries at Swanton's Berry Farm

      Take a spectacularly scenic drive or bike ride out to this quaint coastal berry farm. Look out onto the shimmering ocean while you pick the ripest and sweetest berries yourself. Head inside their shop to enjoy pre-made jams, pies, chocolate covered strawberries, and so much more. While you're ins...
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    • Big Sur, California

      Camping at Limekiln State Park

      4.3
      This campsite is split into two sections and is located directly below a bridge along Route 1 the Pacific Coast Highway. Be cautious turning into the park as the incline and turn are quite serious.Below the bridge are campsites located both along the tree line and tiered up along the hill. Under ...
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