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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.

Scenery: 4.5
Views: 4
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Nice walk around the north part of point lobos. A lot of poison oak on trail. Advisable to wear jeans and not shorts!

A nice easy trail with amazing views!

Most underrated area in all of California! You won't be disappointed!

Breathtaking views and stroller friendly trails. There are volunteers along the trail with microscopes to show off the otters, sea lions and whales.

Exceeded all expectations

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.

Gorgeous views, and the white basil smells so good.

Great views on the northern loop.

Amazing- birds, seals, sea lions, whales, jellyfish, otter were seen all from the shore!

Beautiful views, wide paths but lined with poison oak.

Only a few steep parts with stairs.

Spectacular Beauty!

Stunning views!

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

Point Lobos has been quoted to be “the greatest meeting of Land and Water in the world”. And it is! When you walk the trails, you are alone with nature. You feel close to God, and so grateful to him for providing us with this magnificent sanctuary filled with many species of birds and animals and breathtaking views of flowers and waves from the Pacific Ocean crashing against large granite rocks that surround the shoreline. It is so serene and peaceful and spiritual. I’ve never seen a more beautiful setting anywhere in the world.

Amazing morning. We left early to avoid the crowds and it was worth it. While some scenes were foggy, it still had amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

Ok crowed it is. But what a nice trail. Maybe it is easy but the sceneries are the best. This is sheer pleasure if you like the sea and the coast. Go there and enjoy!

beautiful trail and scenery.

Well maintained trails, very crowded. The fog made certain areas very difficult to see. Get there early in the morning to beat crowds and park on highway 1 for free!

I have lived on this area for 7 years and just made it to Point Lobos thanks to a friend of mine. I am so glad she did. It’s my new favorite place! Utterly Gorgeous views! I grew up by the beach, so listening to the waves hitting the rocks while I hike it’s so therapeutic. Feels a lot like home. I like that you can solo hike if needed, a lot of animal fauna, flowers everywhere ❤️! Today we even saw a deer

Gorgeous view and fun - surprisingly quiet hike through the woods.

hiking
3 months ago

My first hike. I needed a scenic first hike to get the right impression. I forgot about the miles and time. I began taking pic and forgot about taking pics because I was enjoying myself so much. I was living in the moment.

Easy trail. Great for seeing tide pools. Views are spectacular. Lots of wildlife harbor seals, sea lions and cormorants are most plentiful. Restrooms available at the last car park.

Absolutely lovely hike. There are a lot of trails at Point Lobos. We spent about 6 hours on two separate days exploring them. We enjoyed the northern bluff trail the most, but they are all beautiful.

Just a heads up, it costs 10.00 to get into the park and it closes in the early evening.

Was extremely beautiful!

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL views of the Monterey Bay & beyond. My only complaint is there were not many trail markings & LOTS of poison oak. The entire park is gorgeous & definitely worth the views.

Do you like sea lions? Do you like great views? Do you like a little bit of an ocean breeze? If your answer to these questions is yes, then this is the trail for you.

THE BEST TRAIL.

I cant wait to go again.

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