Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System." Point Lobos, located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea. Respect the power of the ocean. Help avoid a disaster and keep at a safe distance. Remain on the designated trails within the wire guides, and stay away from the rocky cliffs. Rock climbing is absolutely prohibited. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve contains headlands, coves and rolling meadows. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world popular with divers. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and migrating gray whales (from December to May). Thousands of seabirds also make the reserve their home. Hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. The area used to be the home of a turn-of -the-century whaling and abalone industry. A small cabin built by Chinese fishermen from that era still remains at Whalers Cove and is now a cultural history museum. Reserve is open from 8am to 1/2 hour after sunset. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.
One of our favorites. Handicap accessible. We push our disabled daughter in her chair on this coastal path. Beautiful panoramic views. Wildlife, waves crashing, wild flowers. Picnic tables for a lunch break. Can be windy and cold, bring a jacket/sweatshirt.
Definitely one of my favorite places to visit in California when it comes to hiking. There is nothing short of absolutely breath taking here. It doesn't even matter what path you decide to take or if you just want to cruise around rock climbing along the coast line. I go back every time I get the chance!
This is a trail that is a must-do if you're visiting the area or a local. Beautiful views that will guarantee you some stunning photos and a moderate intensity is what makes this trail great.
Beware of poison oak, however! The view can easily distract you as you brush against a stray poison oak branch. Also mosquitos are a nightmare after the sun starts going down, so bring bug spray!