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Great views of the coastline. The docent suggested we get here via lace lichen trail but that route has no shoreline views...in the future I would recommend starting from Mound Meadow then cutting over to south loop trail.

Beautiful, diverse landscapes and seascapes. Even got to see a small pod of dolphins, a family of sea elephants and sea otters.

I went for the first time in Dec 2017 and so far it’s my favorite hike! I will definitely be back.

beautiful trail and scenery.

3 months ago

Beautiful views! Tip: the park rangers will trade you binoculars for your car keys so you can get a better view of the wildlife.

3 months ago


nature trips
5 months ago

Such a beautiful trail through the dunes with native plant species preserved. Great views of the bay and peninsula as well.

8 months ago

great views and awesome hike just a little too crowded.

Very Very nice trail. Nice hard pack trail. Very well marked. Absolutely beautiful. Extremely easy hike.

8 months ago

Very nice mostly flat trail in Point Lobos Nature Reserve. Expect to park outside of the park and walk into the site. Trails are extremely well maintained and marked. Take the optional points to see the Sea Lions.

Amazing beach. Never crowded, beautiful sunsets.

get there early, parking fills up!

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful ❤️

Beautiful hike along the coast - we saw sea lions and tons of jellyfish. Medium traffic and lots of little areas to explore!

9 months ago

Stroller firendly

9 months ago

easy walk on the beach with a beautiful view to sea waves from on side and vegetated dunes from the other side.
Fun for kids

on Cypress Grove Trail

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Very beautiful but crowded. Not a workout at all.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This is tied with Point Lobos's Cypress Grove trail as the very best in Northern California, IMHO. It is even better than the Muir Woods trail north of San Francisco. Fantastic ocean views, cliffs, sea lions (or are they harbor seals?), birds, cliff plants. Stunning!

awesome bike ride! I noticed it connects to another trail near Nashua Molera, which I think takes you through Castroville, my next attempt.

road biking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Fun continues trail! Always windy so some people will not like that

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quick and easy, but a must if you're visiting this park

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Such a beautiful trail!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Completed this trail as part of the longer Point Lobos Trail.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nice easy trail, along the Coastline, with stunning views of the Ocean. Recording started at the Cypress Grove Trailhead, up and around the point. The ocean views are beautiful and awesome. Trail is well travelled and marked off by cables to deter off-trail ventures. No way to get lost on this trail. Watch your step though, as the trail is uneven.

Our route continued along the South Shore Trail back to our parking spot in one of the "lots" overlooking the ocean on Point Lobos St. (automobile road that loops the park).

Parking can be very challenging on weekends and mid-morning to mid-afternoon weekdays. The park frequently limits car access during busy periods which means parking on Highway 1 and walking in a mile to this particular trailhead. Best advice is to come early, or late.

We did the Sand Hill Trail earlier in the day which is an easy but uneven path on mostly decomposed granite and rock. Lots of beach access to tide-pools when the tide is low. Amazing rock formations from years of pounding surf.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Easy trail to see the cypress trees and the Pacific Ocean.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spectacular! I believe this is the finest trail in my world! Everyone at every level of activity can enjoy and admire the abundance of sights and amenities. Durable signs and plaques share fascinating historical and environmental information. Restrooms and benches are abundant, as well as outstanding places to eat. The former Monterey train depot has an excellent food market/deli/counter-service, with plentiful seating indoors and outdoors. Bicycling is both easy in the flat areas and excitingly challenging over the high dunes. This is a must-see and must-do! Bravo to everyone who makes this trail possible and who maintains it so well!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Easy, peasy trail. Amazing views!

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