Point Lobos Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos Loop Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 741 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

fee

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: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 Please note, users have reported that the path out to sea lion point is closed, but you can still see the sea lions from other points along the trail. 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 coastline into one stop at Point Lobos State Reserve, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. It's all there at Point Lobos: crashing waves, barking sea lions, chattering shorebirds, sun-bathing sea otters, remarkable rock formations. Granted, you get a few nibbles of this anywhere along California Highway 1, but why not save your appetite for the whole feast? Point Lobos has a network of well-maintained trails, but it's not really a hiking destination. Better to just find a place to park, find a trail, walk toward the sound of the ocean and enjoy the scenery. Best time to go: September, when the summer heat is easing and the coast is less foggy. The rest of the year will do, however. Park authorities limit the number of cars allowed in Point Lobos, so you might have to leave the car outside the park on Highway 1 and walk in. This'll add about two miles of walking to your outing.

hiking
26 days ago

Stunning. I believe we did some of the north shore trail but basically just stuck along the shoreline. Absolutely beautiful with the rocky tree filled cliffs and water - almost felt like another planet.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous views on a clear day. Quite flat and easy walk.

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fee
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

BEST VIEWS EVER

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great hike! Easy & plenty of views. Park on the street & you’ll miss the $10 toll at the park entrance. Happy hiking

hiking
3 months ago

Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
fee
3 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike around the area. Bring a windbreaker and beanie! There is a small fee to get in so bring cash.

hiking
3 months ago

Went on a cloudy day, beautiful indeed! Make sure bring your camera, we spot dears and seals. Loved it

hiking
3 months ago

I love these trails because there’s a perfect mix of forrest and sea. The coastal views are breathtaking. There are a couple of small beaches along the trail. Park on the side of the road, before or after the entrance. This will help you make a loop around the place.

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning views

hiking
3 months ago

This is an easy trail, heavily trafficked. Bring a good camera and enjoy all the Landscape pictures you’ll take.

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

it's fine if you're looking to go for a Sunday stroll with your mother-in-law. Views are spectacular! if you're looking for solitude, wilderness, and less touristy paths, head further south.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Great views! The north side has a little steeper terrain. The south side is flat and easy walking, and has fantastic tide pools in the Weston Beach area. Sea Lion Point Trail is closed, but there were plenty of other opportunities to stop and enjoy beautiful views and spot wildlife. Takes about three hours to do the whole 6+mi loop!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful coastal running trail. This is now my favorite hike. Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and enchanting loops through cypress groves. The ocean waves created a beautiful soundtrack. A few beaches and coves and a hidden beach with seals!The loop took about 2.5 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

Overall great trail! Especially for those of you who like to trail run. Unfortunately, the park doesn't open until 0800, and entry is $10 per vehicle. Some of the highlights include stunning cliff/ocean views and wildlife (birds, seals...)!!

4 months ago

Point Lobos SNR

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with part scenic, jagged coast and another part semi dense forest. Up and down and flat.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Easy terrain with stunning ocean views. Great wildlife spotting- numerous seals, otters, and birds. Interesting whaling museum.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful

walking
5 months ago

Views are beautiful but the crowds/people ruined it and to be honest far better views can be had along the coast. We got out by Sea Lion point and walked a bit but decided to move on.Very easy walking.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views, accessible for all skill levels.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery, for the portion (which is most) of the trail that borders the water. The loop is less than 5 miles unless you do all the deviations. It’s easy with a few rocky inclines.

hiking
fee
5 months ago

Beautiful! Stunning views, level walkways that were friendly for all hiking abilities. If you do this hike, it’s prettier than the 17 mile drive and save yourself some time to enjoy the views.

Très belle randonnée. Sentier bien marqué. Nous avons fait toute la boucle en 4h environ en prenant notre temps pour prendre plein de photos. Nous avons vu plusieurs phoques. La partie au sud qui donne sur l'océan est vraiment magique. Nous sommes arrivés tôt (avant 9h) ce qui nous a permis de nous garer sans problème et de profiter un peu des sentiers avant l'arrivée du monde. L'accès en voiture coûte 10 dollars mais ce n'est pas cher payé pour une réserve aussi bien entretenue !

hiking
fee
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

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