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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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Photographer's Dream!

My husband and I brought our new camera gear to this place so we can test it for an upcoming... read more

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Spokane, Washington
A MUST see on your trip to the Monterey Peninsula!!!

Thank God they spared this piece of heaven where land meets sea in the most beautiful way. If you... 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 yesterday

My husband and I brought our new camera gear to this place so we can test it for an upcoming Safari trip. We were not disappointed. First of all, we love the hike around Point Lobos, although, if you hike the Cypress Grove Trail (north...More

Thank MimieW
Reviewed yesterday

Thank God they spared this piece of heaven where land meets sea in the most beautiful way. If you were going to be on the Monterey Peninsula for just 2 days you would HAVE to go here. The hikes are as strenusous as you want,...More

Thank markz377
Reviewed 3 days ago

We walked around the whole perimeter of the Reserve, a distance of about 6 very easy miles. The north side was more interesting than the south side with dramatic cliffs, bays and views. We spotted a whale at one point and loads of otters and...More

Thank Hepatacyte
Reviewed 3 days ago

Dear Log; Having lived in the area, I am familiar with the rugged coast line. It is a fiercely beautiful place. The trails weave around the woods and along the coast. I decided to brave a Saturday afternoon in August at Point Lobos. For most,...More

Thank Justine_CMT
Reviewed 5 days ago

Arrive by 8 AM if you do not want to park outside the immediate area! Otherwise you can park along the highway. Get a map as you enter the area and take the time to view all that you can! Make sure you have your...More

1  Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Point Lobos State Reserve is one of my most favorite places on the Monterey Peninsula. Great place to bring the kids.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great spot close to Carmel for a hike. A few different trails to choose from. We did a couple different ones. Located right on the ocean. 10.00 fee to enter the park but lots of people park on the road and walk in. Tons of...More

1  Thank Richard I
Reviewed 6 days ago

The views of this untouched space are as good as they get. The perfect place to snap a few photos of your California adventure. The hiking trails are nicely groomed and monitored.

1  Thank richardI5671XW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice view, can get crowded with tourists who rented cars (I was one of them XD) but I wouldn't want to spend forever here. Invest your time at places like Carmel or whatever town that comes after that.

Thank NaomiAviya
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like the ocean and hiking, this is a great place to go. We went on a Saturday afternoon. After parking, we hiked through a small area of woods to get to the ocean. We enjoyed hiking along the trail and seeing the different...More

2  Thank Kim H
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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
2 May 2017|
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Response from Lisa d | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there are many flat trails!
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