Point Lobos Loop Trail

EASY 186 reviews

Point Lobos Loop Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

7.1 miles 1040 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Sea lions, shore birds and more share this gorgeous chunk of Pacific Coast south of Carmel, California You can cram all the charms of California's amazing coastline into one stop at Point Lobos State Reserve, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. It's all there at Point Lobos: crashing waves, barking sea lions, chattering shorebirds, sun-bathing sea otters, remarkable rock formations. Granted, you get a few nibbles of this anywhere along California Highway 1, but why not save your appetite for the whole feast? Point Lobos has a network of well-maintained trails, but it's not really a hiking destination. Better to just find a place to park, find a trail, walk toward the sound of the ocean and enjoy the scenery. Best time to go: September, when the summer heat is easing and the coast is less foggy. The rest of the year will do, however. Park authorities limit the number of cars allowed in Point Lobos, so you might have to leave the car outside the park on Highway 1 and walk in. This'll add about two miles of walking to your outing.

hiking
1 hour ago

These trails are not intense they are not challenging and they do cost 10 dollars to get in but the views are amazing the coast is absolutely stunning. Worthwhile! Tide pools are awesome!

hiking
4 hours ago

We particularly enjoyed the tide pools on the South Shore Trail and the Otter sightings near Coal Chute Point and by the Whaler's Cabin. We missed the Whaler's Knoll, but still felt like we got some great views. There are a lot of strategic bathrooms on the trail which were helpful. We parked outside the park on the shoulders and walked in, since the start of the trail is so close to the entrance. Today, the Sea Lion Point trail was closed due to construction, but we could get to nearly the same area n the Sand Hill Trail.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing views with a wonderful display variety of G-Ds creative beauty!

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18 days ago

ocean views cliffs woods. a lot of marine wildlife, birds and forest animals.

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! Very easy but goes a good distance and offers great views of the coast, white sand beaches, and seals.

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