Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Carmel-by-the-Sea with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy trail, there’s areas where you can go off trail for a more challenging hike, would definitely recommend some hiking shoes for those. BEAUTIFUL views, it’s a steep hike to the top, but well worth it!

Gorgeous view and fun - surprisingly quiet hike through the woods.

My first hike. I needed a scenic first hike to get the right impression. I forgot about the miles and time. I began taking pic and forgot about taking pics because I was enjoying myself so much. I was living in the moment.

Easy trail. Great for seeing tide pools. Views are spectacular. Lots of wildlife harbor seals, sea lions and cormorants are most plentiful. Restrooms available at the last car park.

Absolutely lovely hike. There are a lot of trails at Point Lobos. We spent about 6 hours on two separate days exploring them. We enjoyed the northern bluff trail the most, but they are all beautiful.

Just a heads up, it costs 10.00 to get into the park and it closes in the early evening.

A beautiful, unique hike. Not to be missed.

Was extremely beautiful!

Do you like sea lions? Do you like great views? Do you like a little bit of an ocean breeze? If your answer to these questions is yes, then this is the trail for you.


I cant wait to go again.

So much fun! We just spent 6 1/2 hours at Point Lobos! So much to do besides hike!

Delivers everything is promises and more! Only problem is that you keep taking breaks to enjoy the view and take pictures.

1 month ago

Only did a portion of the loop but saw so much wildlife! Sea lions, seals, whales, and even the notorious kelp otter. The guides had telescopes for easier viewing at different sites or will trade you binoculars for your car keys so you can get a better view of the wildlife.

1 month ago

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

Wonderful wildflowers on the ENTIRE loop! Just watch out for the poison oak (which is easy to avoid). On a weekday, the trail was not crowded. Beautiful views, and an interesting flow going from woods to seashore and back to woods again.

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1 month ago

Year round beauty.

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1 month ago


This is one of the best trails I’ve been on. It’s great for family to visit together.

Not easy...definitely a moderate trail due to some inclines that extend for quite some time...otherwise a fantastic trail loop! Something for everyone and all levels.

fantastic view perfect for a relaxing afternoon walk.


This is definitely on of the best trail I took my kids too.

amazing views, and a decent hike of you use all of the trails. I spent a good 4 or 5 hours here. spending time crawling around and climbing trees.

3 months ago

Wonderful beach walk...

3 months ago

Don't know why I waited so long to do this hike. Bring a camera, you won't be disappointed.
I parked on the 1 on walked in. Took the trail near the entrance as suggested. Followed the loop as given. wow. stunning on such a clear beautiful day. Don't think I have ever taken so many pictures on a long hike before.

nice trail. something for everybody- all ages and all levels

There is no single "Loop Trail" at Point Lobos. There are lots of trails with loops and the "Perimeter " can be hiked as a loop. This can cause a lot of confusion as the Reserve does not recognise the "Loop Trail".

Quick walk great view

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4 months ago

Pretty short, but a great way to start your day in Big Sur. Amazing views and maybe some whale watching.

Amazing place

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