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Point Lobos Loop Trail

EASY 89 reviews

Point Lobos Loop Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 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 616 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.

19 days ago

1 month ago

Great day hike

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area and and easy hike! Highly recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, great views the whole way.

walking
3 months ago

Great views

3 months ago

gorgeous!

3 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views, great breeze, kid and dog friendly

hiking
3 months ago

The scenery all around was soo beautiful!! I can't wait to go back

3 months ago

We took the trail to whales cove. It was beautiful the views of the oceans are incredible. An easy hike that anyone can do. Relatively flat for the most part. Great hike with better views

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail running early in the morning before a lot of people show up but an easy walk for kids. We parked on one of the pull offs outside the gate and ran in.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike, beautiful views. We spent more time mesmerizing the views than hiking. We also had a chance to see some baby seals and some pretty cool birds. It is too bad we were in a hurry, otherwise we would've explored more. I definitely need to come back!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

In mid-June 2000 we drove down to Point Lobos State Park - beautiful, awesome, and breathtaking, with rocky outcroppings, beautiful blue green frothy water, lush vegetation, Ponderosa Pines and many yellow flowers - the grove walk had the most beautiful nooks and crannies along a cliff trail. We saw seals and sea lions and one sea otter and brown thrashers with white backs. The fog lifted and the Pacific was a brilliant blue-green. We also walked the seal trail to a rock outcropping that had sheared off - signs of earth movement and erosion. We drove to the other end of the beach for more views. One of the most beautiful places in Cali and a great place for viewing wildlife and chillin…. Enjoy!

5 months ago

Beautiful. This is a 'walk' more than a 'hike', but a must do if you are visiting the Monterey area. Bring your camera and take your time.

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Easy trail. Beautiful views!

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice. So close to Carmel. Great and varied views of beaches and pacific. Saw seals and sea lions etc. enjoyed the history lesson from the whalers cabin. This would be a great place to run. Also saw whales breaching.