Discover Calla Lily Valley - A Hidden Big Sur Gem
Join me as we go for a Big Sur hike to discover what Spring holds at the hidden Calla Lily Valley.
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This hike is only .5 miles round trip, but the terrain is uneven with rough stairs. The path is both rocky and muddy, so plan good footwear.
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Calla Lily Valley is located at the southern edge of Garrapata State Park and it’s easily accessible from Highway 1 (aka Cabrillo Highway).
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A small dirt turn out by mile marker 63 & gate 19 for Garrapata SP marks the hike. Park here & start by following the path near the guide-wire fence.
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Here the bluff top views are magnificent. Doud Creek babbles and flows to the ocean – but the main attraction comes after a good rain in the Spring.
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You’ll see the beautiful Calla Lilies along with numerous other California wildflowers here in the Spring.
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At first it may feel like you’re walking towards overgrown shrubs intermixed with poison ivy, poison oak & stinging nettle, but soon the valley opens.
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Garrapata State Park is located at the very northern end of the Big Sur Coast, just 7 miles south of Carmel.
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If you visit in June - December, the lilies will be all dried out, so consider a Spring (Feb. - April) visit for the best Calla Lily views.
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Once you’ve enjoyed Calla Lily Valley continue around and down the bluff tops to reach the beautiful beach. This is a short out and back trail.
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There are no restrooms or trash inside Garrapata State Park or Calla Lily Valley. Please follow the “Leave No Trace” principles here.
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Thanks for joining me. For more of my favorite California spots see my other Jumpropes & visit FlyingDawnMarie.com for full blogs & YouTube videos.
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