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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. Reserve is open from 8am to 1/2 hour after sunset. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

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

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.

Amazing views.

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
17 days ago

Crowded but great views.

17 days 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
21 days ago

Point Lobos never disappoints.

hiking
22 days ago

The only thing difficult about this walk is not stopping to take in the scenery. Amazing views and beautiful beaches. I loved this walk. It is super flat and well maintained so it is perfect for kids.

Stopped here on our way back to San Jose to fly home in August. Well worth it! We did the trails along the ocean which was very peaceful. Even on a cloudy/foggy day, the views were gorgeous! Very easy to walk and well maintained trails. The full parking lot sign was out when we first arrived so we circled back to the beach parking area right before you get to Point Lobos and waiting ~10 minutes. Parking was available by then.

This was my first time here yesterday and my favorite hike of 2017. I’m so glad my last hike of the year was this beautiful place.

walking
23 days ago

Very nice mostly flat trail in Point Lobos Nature Reserve. Expect to park outside of the park and walk into the site. Trails are extremely well maintained and marked. Take the optional points to see the Sea Lions.

walking
24 days ago

My fav trail, may be bias, since I live by. Amazing views, a must for Monterey County. Park on Hwy to save on parking.

get there early, parking fills up!

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful ❤️

Beautiful scenery.

I believe it's 7 miles of different hike trails.

Viewed each and every trail and was very happy.

Easy, and recommended for children or humans any shape or size!

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