Garrapata State Park, encompassing 2,939 acres at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range at the northern end of Big Sur coast, is a dramatic landscape of rocky shoreline with steep mountains and deep redwood lined canyons. Along the Pacific Coast Highway, hike the trails out to Soberanes Point and take in the beauty of the jagged shoreline or watch for migrating whales. For a more strenuous hike, head up Rocky Ridge Trail to Doud Peak, an ascent of approximately 1,800 plus feet, where you'll be rewarded with amazing views in every direction. If shade is what you're seeking, hike the Soberanes Canyon Trail along Soberanes Creek where you'll be surrounded by towering redwood trees for a portion of the trail. Garrapata Beach, a relaxed white sandy beach where dogs are allowed on leash, is always a great option for a day at the beach without the major crowds.