Cypress Grove Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 59 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





no dogs

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: 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 Cypress trees, which naturally grow in only one other place in the world: Carmel Bay. The hike is relatively flat with views of headland cove, pinnacle cove, and cypress cove with two very short trails to get closer to the views. On a clear day you can see sea lions on sea lion rock and even the other side of Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz.

3 months ago

Easy trail. Quick loop but beautiful views. We went the Saturday after Valentine’s day. It was busy, but the trails were not crowded. There was still tons of free space.

Such beautiful ocean views

7 months ago

really beautiful amongst the cypress trees

8 months ago

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

10 months ago

Beautiful views even if foggy. It gave the trail a mysterious whimsical feel! I took my 65+ mother roughly 8 weeks post knee replacement and she loved it! My 4 & 6 year old were entertained. Perfect distance for our slow paced crew.

would definitely recommend this trail... there are many options to extend the trail make sure you wear closed-toed hiking shoes with socks. saw Cooper's hawk blue herons seals seal pop's starfish and a lot of beautiful plants! elevation gain 292 ft...4.3 miles and 18 moving time 2 hours 17 minutes and 33 seconds.

gorgeous views, wildflowers are lovely especially on northern trail. so many scenic overlooks!

11 months ago

A beautiful trail!

11 months ago

simple easy and beautiful. went on a Tuesday morning and barely anyone on the trail

Sun May 19 2019

Gorgeous and easy.

Fri Jan 04 2019

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

Sat Dec 29 2018

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

Tue Nov 20 2018

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

Tue Nov 13 2018

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.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Great views of the coastline. The docent suggested we get here via lace lichen trail but that route has no shoreline the future I would recommend starting from Mound Meadow then cutting over to south loop trail.

Mon Jun 04 2018

Beautiful views! Tip: the park rangers will trade you binoculars for your car keys so you can get a better view of the wildlife.

Fri Dec 29 2017

get there early, parking fills up!

Tue Sep 05 2017

Very beautiful but crowded. Not a workout at all.

Wed Jun 21 2017

Such a beautiful trail!

Sun May 21 2017

Thu Apr 06 2017

Completed this trail as part of the longer Point Lobos Trail.

Thu Mar 30 2017

Nice easy trail, along the Coastline, with stunning views of the Ocean. Recording started at the Cypress Grove Trailhead, up and around the point. The ocean views are beautiful and awesome. Trail is well travelled and marked off by cables to deter off-trail ventures. No way to get lost on this trail. Watch your step though, as the trail is uneven. Our route continued along the South Shore Trail back to our parking spot in one of the "lots" overlooking the ocean on Point Lobos St. (automobile road that loops the park). Parking can be very challenging on weekends and mid-morning to mid-afternoon weekdays. The park frequently limits car access during busy periods which means parking on Highway 1 and walking in a mile to this particular trailhead. Best advice is to come early, or late. We did the Sand Hill Trail earlier in the day which is an easy but uneven path on mostly decomposed granite and rock. Lots of beach access to tide-pools when the tide is low. Amazing rock formations from years of pounding surf.

Tue Mar 21 2017

Easy trail to see the cypress trees and the Pacific Ocean.

Sun Jan 03 2016

Beautiful scenery as you hug the coastline. Trees, marine life, and the picturesque cove on the east side of the trail. Easy trail for a short walk with a gorgeous view. Most of the trail is shaded.

Mon May 18 2015

Good view of another part of the ocean. every moment is a memory.

Fri Nov 12 2010

It's hard to find a hike not to love at Point Lobos, every where you go is remarkable. This trail has the best of everything: great views of the waves crashing on the rocks and cliffs, as well as lots of cypress trees for which the area is famous.

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