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Calla Lily Valley

One of the most scenic coastal areas in Big Sur


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This wild calla lily beach oasis is one of the must-see places in Big Sur. Located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, some 20 minutes from Monterey on Highway 1, the beautiful Calla Lily Valley is rich with succulents and stunning wildflowers. To start your hike, park at Gate 19 in Garrapata State Park (mile marker 63). The Garrapata Trail marked with signs lies between the guide wires and leads hikers to the bluff over the beach. Then the path goes down the stairs leading to Doud Creek, and after you cross it, you'll find yourself in a valley, the epicenter of wild calla lily bloom. Their blossom period is roughly from mid-February to mid-April.

After taking your time to enjoy wildflowers, you can continue through the Garrapata Trail to the beach. The whole trip takes about half a mile (about 800 m). Beware of poison ivy in the valley! It is recommended to wear long pants to avoid contact with the plants.

The hike can finish with a picnic at the beautiful Garrapata Beach, a perfect spot to relax under the sun.

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