Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing loop. Doesn’t feel as long as it is because the scenery is so beautiful. I recommend going as early as possible.

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bugs
closed
fee
no shade
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Pretty and easy and great shoreline.

Could walk all the route since part is closed for restoration :( . Just heard the sea lions, coupd not see. Very nice views though.

outstanding trail. ocean and forest trail and views. beach picnic. minimal traffic. diverse ocean views.

The trail is very easy and well-marked with bathrooms throughout. All trails lead to nice views, and there is a diversity of things to experience. From the cove to the tide pools to the various beaches along the loop-there is much to see. Parking was the only issue, but extra walking is a small price to pay.

Second time walking this trail, and it was just as beautiful! Very mild with great oceanic views!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail. lots of sea lions and otters and took a short detour at Gibson beach.

hiking
1 month ago

A stunning and beautiful day to hike along the coast of Point Lobos State National Reserve! Not many wildflowers to see this time of the year, though I did see some seaside painted cup, seaside daisy and coast Tarweed. In abundance was California sagebrush, coyote brush, mock Heather, coffeeberry, blue blossom and way too much poison oak! Various indigenous trees known to the area were; Monterey Cypress, Monterey Pine and coastal live Oak. Many of the beautiful Monterey cypress were clinging to cliffs above the surf and though unfortunate to see some were dead, it was fascinating to see up close the red algae which is more of a fluorescent orange color that covered the tree. As you hike near sea lion point, the raucous residents “the sea lion” known well to the park are heard but unfortunately hard to see because they are rather far off the coast. However, lucky me, I did catch a glimpse through my binoculars a sea otter floating on his/her back in the kelp beds. It is so unfortunate to learn that the sea otters are driven to the brink of extinction by the end of the nineteenth century. Last, the almost extinct California condor with a wing span of 9 ft or more, graceful and majestic presented a up close personal 5 min show for my eyes only, turned out to be the highlight to my fun and solo trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Such beautiful ocean views

hiking
1 month ago

really beautiful amongst the cypress trees

on Point Lobos Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the ocean

Point Lobos Loop has been on our bucket list since my husband and I moved to Monterey 3 months ago, and it exceeded all expectations! Very scenic, mild hike with some of the most beautiful views we’ve seen. The hike estimates 6.5 miles in length, we did the entire loop in about 5.0 miles. HIGHLY recommend arriving early - we got to the park around 8:30am and had no trouble parking, but after a few hours the trails, especially the most popular vistas, were quite crowded.

a bit on the moderate side of easy. if you do the whole trail it has quite a bit of elevation and steps that might be tough for some.

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rocky
1 month ago

A must to do if anything go to whalers cove so beautiful and peaceful . Climb the steps to the top and do the trail to the left . There is a slight incline to go to the top but just do it it is amazing . Wear sturdy shoes since the steps are a little sandy . Bring water and take lots of pictures

hiking
1 month ago

Another easy trail views are fabulous. Trails are all maintained no need to venture off . Poison oak looms all over the place

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail very easy to do anyone can do it fairly flat with one small incline . The views are gorgeous. Bring a camera I took tons of pics. The trails are very well maintained stay on the trail poison oak is on both sides of the trail. There is some shade in most of it and some sun where a hat and Bri g sunscreen . I would say it is well below less than a mile walk .

hiking
1 month ago

I would recommend this hike to anyone looking for an easy walk with beautiful views. Has a good mix of forest and beach pathways.

Beautiful views. Easy walking trail. Once clouds parted it got hot! Get here early to grab a good parking spot.

Great, short vista loop.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! We parked on the side of Highway 1 and walked into the park from there. This is a good option as often parking which is limited in the park can be full.

Beautiful views all the way around the Point. Plenty of trail combinations. We took Forest Ridge Trail for shade. Park on Cabrillo Hwy if you want to avoid $10 park fee.

Definitely easy. 4*s for the views and wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Simple and easy. Very customizable as well

This is an easy, beautiful trail… A leisurely walk more than a hike. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because of the poison oak. Be prepared - wear long pants and closed shoes!! It is everywhere and very easy to brush up against if you aren’t paying attention - especially in the wooded parts of the trail.

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