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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.
Kay A. on Point Lobos Loop Trail
Amazing views with a wonderful display variety of G-Ds creative beauty!