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Best trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

2024 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve ranging from 0.8 to 6.7 miles and from 26 to 246 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Point Lobos State Reserve, three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, is a great place for sightseeing, scuba diving, trail running, and viewing geological sites, plants, and animals like harbor seals, sea lions, seabirds, gray whales, and sea otters. There are no pets, bikes, fires, rock climbing, or camping allowed. The reserve has sometimes been called "the crown jewel" of the state park system due to the headlands, view of Monterey Bay and the pacific, coves, meadows, hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. The area also has historical significance as a hun of the turn-of -the-century whaling and abalone industry. A small cabin built by Chinese fishermen at Whalers Cove is now a cultural history museum you can visit. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

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Map of trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Contact
831-624-4909
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Point Lobos Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(829)
Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 Please note, users have repoShow more
#2 - Point Lobos South Shore Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(402)
Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 There is a $10 fee for cars Show more
#3 - Cypress Grove Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(191)
Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 A nice loop through the cyprShow more
#4 - Sea Lion Point Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(172)
Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
Please note: the trail is reportedly under construction. The staircase at the Sea Lion Point Trail leading to the lower trails is sometimes closed during winter storms. Show more
#5 - South Plateau Trail to Bird Island [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(136)
Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#6 - Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(106)
Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#7 - Lace Lichen, North Shore, and Cannery Point Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(71)
Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#8 - Bird Island Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(72)
Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#9 - Bird Island, South Plateau Trail, and Mound Meadow Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(20)
Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 53 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#10 - Moss Cove Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(25)
Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more