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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos, Carmel, CA 93923
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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    MK
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    5 Jun 17, 2014

    A beautiful place, even on a gray day. In addition to the beautiful scenery, there were seals, sea lions, and even otters.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural ReservePro 2014
    Daniel L.
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    5 Mar 26, 2014

    Perhaps the most lovely beach anywhere. Although it can get crowded at times at least they will cap the number of cars which may enter... so arrive early. Nice location for a picnic and walk along the beach. Seals and otters are common sights.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Susan B
    4 Mar 22, 2014

    Hiking in the wooded paths, climbing rocks and watching the ocean crash in turquoise beauty against the moonscape of rocks along the shore....this is some of the very best of the beauty Carmel has to offer.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural ReservePro 2014
    Owie
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    5 Mar 07, 2014

    I am very fond of this place. It bring back many unforgettable memories of my hiking days with my wonderful group of friends. Never will I forget our weekly hiking trip, never ending foodie talk, jumping picture and picnic meal.

    Point Lobos is a must visit area with breathtaking views. Family friendly with doable hiking trails. Plenty of scenic views for photo opportunity and the weather always seem to be in my favor. The hiking trails goes in a loop therefore you will not get lost. If you are a worrywart than grab yourself a map with a little donation for the State Reserve. There is a $10 dollar entrance fee for parking but you can park along the highway if you don't want to pay.

    I love Point Lobos! I love Nor Cal! I love California! Now go check it out!

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Phil B
    5 Jan 20, 2014

    Walk along the ocean from the Carmel River Beach to a portion of Highway 1 and Point Lobos or drive and be there in just minutes. Great wild life and plant life to view. Great place for a picnic in designated areas.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural ReservePro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    5 Jan 13, 2014

    Point Lobos is one of the most beautiful places on the Northern Coast. Amazing hiking trails along wild cliffs above the ocean. If you come in the winter you can see Gray whales. We saw whales, sea otters and lots of California sea lions. Cool tide pools with starfish and anemones. You can spend a full day here - so pack a picnic lunch, sunscreen and plenty of water. Great for adults or with kids. $10 to go in, or you can park outside on the highway 1 and walk in - it's about a mile in to the main trails.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Michelle L
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    5 Dec 19, 2013

    Just 3 miles south of Carmel on Highway One, at the gateway to Big Sur... hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. Just spectacular!

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Tracy J
    4 Dec 17, 2013

    Just a few minutes outside of the city of Carmel is this incredible wilderness preserve. Hiking, running and snorkeling (bring a wetsuit) are a few of the things you can do here.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural ReservePro 2014
    Verlisia
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    5 Nov 05, 2013

    The most beautiful hike in California. 10 Miles of trails along the coastline. I though I would be bored by the similar scene in a few miles. I couldn't be more wrong. All the beaches and coves are different. Some sandy, some rocky. The ocean comes in various shades of color from turquoise to cobalt to sapphire. The trail itself is not very demanding at all. Some part of it are even accessible. If you like taking photos (who wouldn't?), budget a lot of extra time for it. You can easily lost yourself in this beauty of nature. Totally worth spending a day in here.

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    Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
    5 Sep 06, 2013

    Honestly, This is one of the most special places on the Monterey peninsula.
    It is a great place to walk and bring a picnic. There is so much to be enjoyed and experienced that words just don't do justice.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Julie and Jon
    5 Aug 12, 2013

    Incredible vistas and lots of splendid hiking. Former whaling station. Spend the day here - but pack a lunch - there are no restaurants or food services in this park.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural ReservePro 2014
    Arlo Hemphill
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    5 Aug 07, 2013

    Point Lobos is often referred to as the gem of California's State Park System. It is a true coastal treasure, underwater wonderland and easily accessible for day trips.

    The main activities are hiking, photography/sight-seeing and SCUBA diving. There are a number of trails spread throughout the peninsula and all are great for the beginner hiker - with very little elevation change and spectacular coastal vistas. Catching up close views of sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters, as well as menagerie of sea birds, is almost a guarantee on any visit to this park, throughout the year.

    SCUBA diving is limited to one area of the park (Whaler and Bluefish Coves) and reservations must be made in advance. However, the diving in Whaler's Cove in particular - which boasts "cathedrals" of pristine kelp forest - is a world class experience. The rest of the park is off limits to diving and protected from all human activities. No fishing or take of marine life is allowed in the park at all. The result of all this is one of the best examples of a healthy coastal California ecosystem.

    The Summer months are subject to episodes of fog cover, but otherwise this park is beautiful and great to visit year round. It's also only a short 5-10 minute drive from downtown Carmel, making it one of the most accessible truly wild places in the State.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Sylvia S
    5 May 28, 2013

    Named for its shape - the head of a wolf. Stunning views and lots of wildlife. You'll want to be a seal in your next life.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural ReservePro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    5 May 12, 2013

    Point Lobos is a great place for hiking or diving. You're likely to see seals (the "lobos del marinos") or otters here.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Mike G
    5 May 02, 2013

    Beautiful park. Great place to watch sea lions, sea otters and wild birds among the surf. Great trails wind along the cliffs. It seemed like a great place to run and we saw some runners pass as we walked.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural ReservePro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 May 02, 2013

    Gayle and I came to Point Lobos together during a trip to Carmel and a wonderful stay at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands. This place is awesome and a signature beauty on this part of the North Coast. It was once called the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world" by landscape artist Francis McComas.

    We hiked along the ocean front cliffs, explored the tide pools, trudged inland through the woods, worked the park from south to north, and enjoyed the stunning views at the top. We also came during the week in the Spring and it almost felt like we had this place to ourselves.

    Point Lobos also features a building constructed in the 1850s to house Japanese and Chinese fishermen. This building has been preserved, and now houses a museum dedicated to the area whaling industry. The museum also highlights the history of Point Lobos, including its cinematic appearances and plans at the turn of the 20th century to develop the area for densely packed suburban housing.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Jason Cohen
    5 Mar 17, 2013

    This might just be the epitome of a coastline at its most magnificent! At practically every turn there is a dramatic vista to be had. The obvious charm and draw here is the gorgeous meeting place of ocean and land, with several trails within this park. Cypress Cove, arguably the most popular, is a trail I can attest to; have ample space on your memory card, as you will want to hit that shutter numerous times with the panoramas involving waves, lagoons, boulders, sea stacks, cliffs, wildflowers, and other notable vegetation. The admission is nominal for what you take away from this unforgettable locale, only a stone throw away from downtown Carmel.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Kirupa Pushparaj
    5 Feb 16, 2013

    One of my top favorite hiking spots for a day trip! While there are several beautiful hiking trails in the park, the north shore trail is my personal favorite. We picked a beautiful day to be there -- the clear day allowed us a glimpses of a migrating whale.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Traci
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Beautiful area to walk around -- there is a wide variety of short and longer trails you can walk around. You are also sure to catch sight of some sea otters playing around in the waves. If you like photography, your pictures will come out great here. You'll see lots of photographers posted all around the area catching great shots of the waves and the wildlife.

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  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Josh Goldman
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Point Lobos is just a few minutes drive south of Carmel on Hwy 1 and is incredibly accessible and easy, even for kids or elderly, with some of the best views of crashing surf, cliffs, and beaches. Paved trails, short loops, and very easy. Highly recommended!

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Admire the beauty of nature up close and personal at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Carmel, CA. Located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Point Lobos features one of the world’s most diverse underwater habitats, with select areas in which you may go diving. If you only see what is above sea level, then you have only seen half of what there is to see. However, there is still a lot ... read more
to see and do on land. You can go hiking, jogging, take pictures with your camera or paint them, have a picnic or learn about nature through one of the exhibits. The stunning plant life is sure to inspire you to take a picture or learn more about it.

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Aliases: Point Lobos Ecological Reserve