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Point Lobos Loop Trail

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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

fee

no dogs

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
4 hours ago

Beautiful views all the way around the Point. Plenty of trail combinations. We took Forest Ridge Trail for shade. Park on Cabrillo Hwy if you want to avoid $10 park fee.

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome trail!

hiking
13 days ago

Simple and easy. Very customizable as well

hiking
15 days ago

This is an easy, beautiful trail… A leisurely walk more than a hike. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because of the poison oak. Be prepared - wear long pants and closed shoes!! It is everywhere and very easy to brush up against if you aren’t paying attention - especially in the wooded parts of the trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful, well-maintained, and lots of accessibility to restrooms along the way. The downside to that was that it was heavily trafficked with novice hikers not always mindful of trail etiquette. I moved at a pretty quick pace stopping often for photos and completed 7.63 miles in 3h. 1,047 ft of elevation. Parking was free just outside the entrance. Hoped fog would burn off but it didn't change much throughout the day.

hiking
22 days ago

It was good!!

hiking
23 days ago

beautiful views of the Pacific.

hiking
23 days ago

Wonderful walk through beautiful forest along the shore. We kept a moderate pace and enjoyed the scenery. Great for a half day hike. Sadly the path out to sea lion point was closed, but we could see the sea lions from others points along the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Such a beautiful place ..Mother Nature is wonderful

hiking
28 days ago

Wonderful trail. Insane views. Easy to do. Mostly shaded.

It was an amazing 4 hours hike! The view was spectacular! Perfect weather in a mid-summer day!

hiking
1 month ago

Overall fun trail on a foggy afternoon! We saw harbor seals and plenty of birds. Stay on the trail and beware of poison oak.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful coastline hike - the scenery was breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking views!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views all along, in spite of the overcast. We were lucky to see many harbor seals sun bathing. Get here early. Parking gets full very soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Did the whole 7.1 mile loop and stopped at every view we could get to. Some things were closed for plant rehab/seal pups but nothing major. Absolutely stunning landscape views, and a diverse range of places to stop and take in the nature. Also way more bathrooms than I expected. My only gripe is the amount of large groups on the trail who would be found randomly picnicking at a viewpoint with tons of disposables/beer bottles/etc... and were obviously not doing their best to carry out what they brought in. Don’t be them, bring your own reusable bottle(s)! Or just don’t go on a weekend : )

hiking
1 month ago

Dreamy. Macrocystis, heaven-like flower glens snd ancient moss-adorned cypress. Eternal spring, even in winter. Sunset, best place on continent? Quite possibly. Often deer kid and doe. Pelicans, bull-kelp, whatever your Pacific coast heart desires and dreams, really.

hiking
1 month ago

It was one great walk,tons of amazing rocks and wildflowers. We parked out on higway 1 as there is a fee for the parking,but people who wont walk the look can drive from point to point. We say sea otters and birds. It was windy and cold. I would reccomend wearing hiking pants. And a camera! Its breath taking!

hiking
2 months ago

There is a fee for parking, but the trails are worth it and there are clean bathroom facilities! Well maintained, with informative park guides and volunteers. So much wildlife—sea lions, otters, birds. You can choose shorter hikes, but still get spectacular views. Recommend highly.

hiking
2 months ago

I didn’t do the whole 6.7 miles. But the park does have different paths you can take with a lot of great views. I had to pay $10 to get in not too bad considering I got really good parking.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was really easy to navigate. Well marked with wire roping throughout. I was afraid i May get lost with all the lollipops but it’s easy to see where you are headed and where you’ll end up. We started at whalers cove and made our way west around the peninsula until we reached China Cove. We then cut across the park back to our car in 15 minutes. The ranger lent us a trail map because he couldn’t provide change. Save your $2 and ask for s loaner! Seals napping on China Beach so cool!

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail! Went on the Sunday during the 4th of July weekend early and it was pretty good not too many people. As opposed to the Saturday where there was a couple mile back up to the turn off to park. Not good for kids if you cannot keep them on the trail due to the large amount of poison oak. No dogs allowed which is a shame because it would be pretty manageable for most well trained dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Greatest hiking trail I've ever been on in my life.

hiking
2 months ago

Unbelievably beautiful. Breathtaking scenery. So many birds and wildlife all along the trail. Binoculars definitely recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely one of my favorite places to hike and check out seal pups if it’s the season! Check this place out you will not be disappointed. Parking can be crowed inside the park. Just park along highway one and walk in.

hiking
3 months ago

It was cloudy, but still very nice Recommend to make a large loop without having cars. I made a youtube. Please check it out.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning. Will do this again. Sunny day and cool temps today made it perfect. I like the ADA trail to the north and will bring my mom to see the beauty.

hiking
3 months ago

The views are amazing!

3 months ago

beautiful area. May wildflowers were amazing. sea otter viewing..vultures..

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