Point Lobos Loop Trail

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Point Lobos Loop Trail is a 7.1 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
616 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

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9 days ago

Spectacular ocean views with lots of seals, sea lions and birds to watch. Mostly flat with well marked trails.

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I have visited point lobos in all the seasons found in a year and it never disappointed me. It’s the place where the beauty of nature is inexplicable, and you always got to see a wild animal on land or in the sea.
It is my son playground, he has walked these trails more than one time since he was 17 months old, now he is two and a half and he knows the trail by heart, it is kid’s friendly natural reserve.

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13 days ago

I have visited point lobos in all the seasons found in a year and it never disappointed me. It’s the place where the beauty of nature is inexplicable, and you always got to see a wild animal on land or in the sea.
It is my son playground, he has walked these trails more than one time since he was 17 months old, now he is two and a half and he knows the trail by heart, it is kid’s friendly natural reserve.

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