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Best trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

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Looking for a great trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, walking trails, wildlife 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
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(853)
Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
There is limited parking and a $10 fee. Sea lions, shore birds and more share this gorgeous chunk of Pacific Coast south of Carmel, California You can cram all the charms of California's amazing coShow more
#2 - Point Lobos South Shore Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(403)
Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
There is a $10 fee for cars and free parking along the rode on specific spots. Pay attention to the signs. The along the tide parking does have signs (no parking any time) in specific areas.Show more
#3 - Cypress Grove Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(193)
Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
A nice loop through the cypress trees to many great views of coves below. This short loop is a favorite among park visitors because it offers great views and a close look at the area's famous CypressShow more
#4 - South Plateau Trail to Bird Island
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(151)
Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
South Plateau Trail to Bird Island is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is Show more
#5 - Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(110)
Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail is a 1.7 mile loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#6 - Lace Lichen, North Shore, and Cannery Point Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(72)
Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Lace Lichen, North Shore, and Cannery Point Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderatShow more
#7 - Bird Island Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(77)
Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
Bird Island Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilShow more
#8 - Bird Island, South Plateau Trail, and Mound Meadow Trail Loop
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(23)
Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 53 m
Bird Island, South Plateau Trail, and Mound Meadow Trail Loop is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skShow more
#9 - Moss Cove Trail
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
Moss Cove Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#10 - Sea Lion Point Trail [CLOSED]
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(173)
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