Looking for a great trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California? AllTrails has 9 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 6 easy trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve ranging from 0.7 to 6.7 miles and from 42 to 246 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



bird watching

nature trips


no dogs


kid friendly


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.

Saw harbor seals, otters, crabs (tide pools) and incredible views of the Pacific. Around every corner is a new vista.

28 days ago

We really enjoyed hiking this trail. The trail is in great shape and is easy to follow. We saw harbor seals and sea otters. We enjoyed the amazing ocean views as well as the sections through the woods. Fabulous weather and the trail wasn't too crowded.

super easy and beautiful views!

Beautiful scenery, easy hike but with some rocks here and there if you want to climb (a little).

Breathtaking views!

1 month ago

Beautiful views; lots of people.

Went out with the family To begin 2019 with a fresh start, especially with family. We had a wonderful time there were so many places to wander off the trail even though the trail essentially is a loop. It was a pleasure to be able to see it all the humpback whales, as well as the sea lions and otters. We planned the trip by going to Erik deli which happened to stay with us the entire trip, but drink plenty of water. And there are guide for longer true but you also have to be careful to not get so involved with looking ahead because you’ll end up tripping there are many holes and rocks that you could end up falling. However I will say it was one of the best hikes I’ve had in the month of January. I hope you enjoy, And the children will enjoy this as well. There are tons of babies along with strollers all around although I don’t know how they carry them. But if it’s possible you guys enjoy

on Sea Lion Point Trail

1 month ago

Great easy trial with beautiful coastal views and a chance to see seals.

on Sea Lion Point Trail

1 month ago

easy walk with beautiful ocean views and a chance to see seals.

Super low effort high reward. Lots of tourists but really beautiful place if you are looking for something easy.

very pretty and easy hike.

trail running
2 months ago

Part of the trail leading to Sea Lion Cove is CLOSED as of 12/4/18

Beautiful mix of trees ocean beaches and tide pools.

2 months ago

Love the views, hiking around the park is a good workout on easy to moderate trails. Go early to beat the crowds and park outside the park and walk in to avoid a parking fee.

3 months ago

Easy, clean, smooth trails. Gorgeous rocky coastal views.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail - one of my favorites. It's short, easy, and simply gorgeous. We stopped for a lot of photos. I wouldn't bring my little ones here though, especially for the ones who don't want to stay on track because the edges are high and steep.

Fantastic walk. Good path. Stellar views.


4 months ago

Did this hike last Thanksgiving. It is one if so many breathtaking walks along the west coast. Look/listen for sea lions on the rocks below. Amazing patterns in the rock etched by wind and water. Fascinating history.

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

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