Point Lobos Loop Trail

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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.

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Incredible views. Very easy hike

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2 months ago

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.

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Read a quote saying amazing place where water meets land and I definitely agree. Started on the bird Island Trail then went to the South Shore Trail and then did the 7- 8 mile Loop and it was perfect.

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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!