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Point Lobos, Carmel

#1 of 6 in Nature in Monterey County
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Appreciate the pristine natural landscape and thriving habitat of the California coast at Point Lobos. The nature reserve is home to hundreds of native animal and plant species on and off shore, and is an ideal location for hiking, diving, and bird watching. Enjoy panoramic views from the shore of the Pacific coast as you spot sea lions, harbor seals, and orcas, or hike through the lush vegetation on one of the reserve’s many foot trails for sightings of forest animals and local birds. On your way out, stop by the Whaler’s Cabin Museum to learn more about the history of whaling on the Monterey Peninsula. Arrange to visit Point Lobos and other attractions in Carmel using our Carmel trip planner.
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  • My friends and I are senior citizens who have visited Point Lobos dozens of times. We are starting to feel our years, but Pt Lobos never gets old! Some parts of the trail system are wheelchair...  more »
  • A beautiful place, but so crowded you have to strategize your entry time. Better worth your time to visit Carmel Beaches, Asilomar, or Big Sur.  more »
  • Beautiful reserve. I hiked the whole loop. It was an easy hike- took me just over 3 hours. Mostly flat. Saw loads of animals- deer, otters, seals, tons of sea birds. The coastline and forests are all....  more »
  • Perfect for beginners looking to get into hiking. Provides easy trails with highly rewarding scenic views at the end of your journey. The longest trail took only about 30-40 minutes of very easy to walk "woods" that gave way to a breath taking point on rocks high above the beach and ocean. The trails walking along the coast are amazing, and the tide pools are full of little sea creature life. Highly recommended!
  • Very scenic area. If you don't feel like hiking 2.5mi then drive to the 3 different parking lots and take pics at each one. The very last stop is the most scenic. Only problem is lots fill up quickly and they block off the entrance. Street parking is plenty.
  • Beautiful but crowded when I was there in August.
  • Never got to see it. I parked in a handicapped zone as my disability allows. I have disabled plates on my car. When I walked into the park using my cane I was told by the lady in the kiosk that I was not disabled enough to park there. We were parked just outside the park 100 yards or so beyond where you have to pay $10.50 to get in. I did not want to pay the money as it says you can easily walk to the point. She said that it was just for wheelchairs, and I said I have limited mobility, she said my car would be towed. I asked her to read the laws regarding blue zones and their use she said she knows the law and my car would be gone. I argued that my plates were an unlimited pass to park in a blue zone wherever there was one in the state. I told her I can't walk far and wouldn't be long but she said my car would be gone when I got back. So I had to give in and leave. The places that I could park were way too far for me to walk and were too dangerous to try and negotiate. I never thought a state employee put there to help people would put me in that position, not wanting to be half-way to the sight and have to worry about my car being towed by an over zealous Park ranger. So a legally parked disabled person will be towed in a state park. Good job CA maybe now just hire some bouncers!
  • Point Lobos Natural Preserve is absolutely mesmerizing. I hike at different parks around the Bay Area regularly and this is absolutely the most stunning. The park and trails are well maintained. Clean restrooms with flush toilets and running water to wash hands. The views are unmatched. If you love the sound of the ocean as the surf comes ashore, you will love this park. Arrive early as they close the gate as soon as parking fills up. Park opens at 8 during the winter. Entry fee $10. Masks required during covid and everyone along the trails were 100% compliant when I was there. I walked the entire length of the shoreline trail and back in about 3 1/2 hours, then ate lunch sitting on a boulder watching the surf.

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