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Point Lobos State Reserve

#1 of 110 things to do in Carmel Features Animals
Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Beautiful spot

Point Lobos offers opportunities for long or short walks along the ocean, past coves, and through... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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We visited the Point Lobos State Reserve while staying in Carmel, CA. First of all the reserve was... read more

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Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers hiking, walking, bird watching, scuba diving and magnificent views.
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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Point Lobos offers opportunities for long or short walks along the ocean, past coves, and through cypress groves. Trails are well maintained and surfaces vary from smooth to rocky. There are restrooms located throughout the park. There are several parking lots, offering access to different...More

Thank NEhiker64
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the Point Lobos State Reserve while staying in Carmel, CA. First of all the reserve was easy to get to from Carmel. We parked outside on road like numerous other cars and easily walked into park. The trails are all very well marked....More

Thank Stanman134
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful scenery. We had a 3yr old toddler and as long as you hold their hands, they an absolutely take the walk with you. It's not a hike at all. Minimal steps and u can sit and take in the beautiful water hit the...More

Thank Sheryl W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Strolled the south end bird walk. A couple of seals in the water and saw a seal pup. The highlight was seeing a sleeping otter resting in the kelp. Swell come thru and he/she kept sleeping and just bobbed. It was adorable.

Thank Doug B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful scenery, easy to park (if you get there early). Make sure you see both north and south ends of park. Easy hikes/walks... photo ops are great!

Thank BAMF90266
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped here on a Thursday afternoon for a couple of hours on our way up the coast. We were able to park with no problem, but there were not many spots available. There are wide, well-marked gravel trails on level ground that seemed easy to...More

Thank Shauna M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Spent 2 hours here first thing in the morning. It was pretty foggy but I barely saw anyone on the trails. Saw some otters playing in the water, sea lions, bunnies, and lots of birds!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful landscape. We also saw sea lions ! 10$ per car to get in, 2$ a map definitely worth it.

Thank Sarah A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Go early. Park inside the park. Pack a lunch. Buy a trail map. This is one of the most breathtaking spots I've seen. Reminds me some of Isle of Skye, Scotland. There is a beautiful beach in a protected cove if you want to sun...More

1  Thank Shamuuu
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After a few visits to Big Sur at different times of the year, this is one of our favorites!! An easy and accessible visit to gorgeous coastal trails with incredible views made our day priceless. Parks like this remind us of how beautiful the USA...More

Thank 4manns
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How long would you allow for a visit and which trail is the best one to see or do they just follow a loop?
18 May 2017|
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Response from iMunros | Reviewed this property |
We were there for three or four hours which gave plenty of time for photography, exploring different trails, etc, but you could have a worthwhile visit in a couple of hours. Worth buying the trail guide, I would say. There... More
I can't do a lot (very little) climbing because of a lung disease but can walk on relatively flat trails. Are the trails hilly?
2 May 2017|
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Response from Lisa d | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there are many flat trails!
Hi, We have only two hours to spend at the reserve. What are the best trails for short hiking?
11 April 2017|
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Response from pstearn | Reviewed this property |
They are doing some path construction at Point Lobos right now, so I would do the North trail. You can walk in, take the Carmelo Trail to Whaler's Cove and then walk up the steps to start the North Trail. Or you can drive... More