Parks >Point Lobos State Reserve
Hwy 1, Carmel, CA | Directions 9392336.453781 -121.924245
California Dreamin' – If you have only enough time to do one thing on the Monterey Penninsula this is it. There are trails for every level of experience, even a wheelchair access trail with some of the best veiws in the park. The entry fee is nominal, but parking is a challenge. Summer weekends can be very crowded, but bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the vibe.
Divers and hikers flock to this beautiful, pristine chunk of prime Central California coastline. – Overview
Located 3 miles south of Carmel, the reserve encompasses nearly 400 acres of postcard-perfect California coastline and more than 700 underwater acres. Certified scuba divers can enjoy the underwater delights of Whaler's and Bluefish coves. While there's no overnight camping in the park, Point Lobos is looped with pleasant, well-maintained hiking trails for any fitness level. California-history buffs can check out the Whaler's Cabin, a small cultural history museum located in a Chinese fisherman's cabin dating back to the 1850s.
Along the North Shore trail, black-tailed deer, herons, egrets and harbor seals lounge on rocks, stroll through meadows and fish in the many coves. The Cypress Cove trail winds through stands of gnarled, old-growth native Monterey cypress, while the Sand Hill Trail to Sea Lion Point offers glimpses of otters, harbor seals and sea lions amid spectacular surf and clusters of jagged rocks.
LOVED IT! – While visiting the area we visited Point Lobos 3 separate times. The children loved playing in and examining the tide pools. In fact I was just as fascinated as they were with the sealife! We packed a lunch one day and had our lunch there. All in all it was very educational and very beautiful. I recommend it to anyone visiting the area. I can't wait to go back!
outstanding attraction – This is a must-see when you visit Carmel-Monterey. You will dream about the beauty of this environmental attraction when you get home. Don't miss it. Right up there with Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17 Mile Drive.
Nothing like it – I've looked for beautiful natural spots wherever I've gone in in North and Central America, Europe, Hawaii-nothing has surpassed Big Sur for its coastline and beaches.
The Best View on the West Coast – My husband and I arrived first thing in the morning and did every trail. On one trail we had deer following us, saw several rabbits playing...
The view is absolutely incredible. It is very inexpensive and you can spend an entire day there hiking and exploring. No question the best Monterey/Carmel has to offer
Heaven on Earth – The coastline encompassed by this park is the most beautiful in California. Hike the coast trail to watch sea otters play in the kelp, harbor seals lounge on the beach and whales migrating throughout the seasons. No matter what your fitness level, there is a trail or lookout point that's accessible. This park is always crowded on the weekends and fairly busy during the week. The trails are well maintained. The only downside to the park is the feeling that it's roped-in beauty (a tree museum) because some visitors can't manage to stay on trail and respect the pristine beauty of the park.
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