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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.

So much fun! We just spent 6 1/2 hours at Point Lobos! So much to do besides hike!

Delivers everything is promises and more! Only problem is that you keep taking breaks to enjoy the view and take pictures.

hiking
20 days ago

Only did a portion of the loop but saw so much wildlife! Sea lions, seals, whales, and even the notorious kelp otter. The guides had telescopes for easier viewing at different sites or will trade you binoculars for your car keys so you can get a better view of the wildlife.

hiking
20 days 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.

Wonderful wildflowers on the ENTIRE loop! Just watch out for the poison oak (which is easy to avoid). On a weekday, the trail was not crowded. Beautiful views, and an interesting flow going from woods to seashore and back to woods again.

nature trips
21 days ago

Year round beauty.

nature trips
21 days ago

Beautiful.

This is one of the best trails I’ve been on. It’s great for family to visit together.

fantastic view perfect for a relaxing afternoon walk.

Amazing

This is definitely on of the best trail I took my kids too.

amazing views, and a decent hike of you use all of the trails. I spent a good 4 or 5 hours here. spending time crawling around and climbing trees.

hiking
2 months ago

Don't know why I waited so long to do this hike. Bring a camera, you won't be disappointed.
I parked on the 1 on walked in. Took the trail near the entrance as suggested. Followed the loop as given. wow. stunning on such a clear beautiful day. Don't think I have ever taken so many pictures on a long hike before.

nice trail. something for everybody- all ages and all levels

There is no single "Loop Trail" at Point Lobos. There are lots of trails with loops and the "Perimeter " can be hiked as a loop. This can cause a lot of confusion as the Reserve does not recognise the "Loop Trail".

nature trips
3 months ago

Pretty short, but a great way to start your day in Big Sur. Amazing views and maybe some whale watching.

Amazing place

Stopped along the way to grey whale watch and take pictures of the beautiful coastline but the whole loop took my mom and I about 3.5 hours. Parking was easy ($10) at 830am but by noon they weren’t letting cars into the park due to full lots.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Most beautiful view of all our hikes. Flat but long.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail has beautiful views. I went on such a gloomy, rainy day so it was dark. But on a normal day the water should be very nice blue. Fairly easy trail and even close to parking. There is a park entrance fee and I don’t think dogs are allowed.

Stunning views. Good possibility to see wales.

no friendly dogs on the trail. there was one friendly dog just outside walking by the freeway who was more than happy to be petted.

walking
5 months ago

Crowded but great views.

5 months ago

Very nice paths. The Docents were very knowledgeable.

Loved our time at Point Lobos! So many incredible views! We even got to see/hear sea lions as they sunbathed on the rocks down below. Crystal clear waters and views for miles! I would highly recommend!

walking
5 months ago

Point Lobos never disappoints.

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