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Review of Point Lobos

Point Lobos
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USD 549.00*
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Ranked #1 of 118 things to do in Carmel
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Breathtaking! Many trails and beautiful outlooks. Sadly access to beach was closed off due to seal pup season.

Thank Karson K
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Even if parking is full in the park, it is not difficult to park just outside the park and walk to the entrance. The trails are wide and well maintained and labeled. You can buy a map of the park trails with other info for two dollars which we found helpful and informative. The trails are low difficulty overall. Beware of the large amount of poison oak just outside the trail boundaries. I would recommend becoming familiar with what poison oak looks like before hiking. The trails are great for kids as well as older adults. Bathrooms at a couple of locations along the trails. So beautiful! Amazing views.

Thank stzv2579
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to Point Lobos dozens of times since the 70s. We got there about 10:15am on Easter and the parking closed just as we pulled up. Parking on hwy 1 wasn’t a big deal and the walk in was short. We took a trail through the forest to the southern most point at Gibson beach then walked north along the coast. There are multiple ways to make it a circle. I’ve been there when there were whales but not this trip. Bring layers as the temperature changes on the various trails. You can use the All Trails app to have the trail maps on your phone. The cypress grove trail is one that’s out and in. My family didn’t want to do it but I highly recommend it because the Monterey Cyprus only grows in that grove and one on the 17mile drive in Pebble Beach. The grove in Pebble Beach doesn’t have trails and you can only see a bit of it from the road.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

My husband and I decided to check out this state park on Sunday April 1, 2018. We paid $10 to park and were lucky to get in, as we were the second to last car they let in, as the parking lots were full. We spent the whole day there and hiked most of the trails-a total of 10 miles. The natural beauty we saw along the trails was amazing! We saw the beautiful blue ocean hitting the rocks and beaches, whales spouting water through their blow holes, dolphins jumping in the water, lots of seals sunbathing, rabbits, bugs, lots of birds, a deer, lizards, many different kinds of wild flowers and lots of poison oak (thankfully we didn't touch any). If you go and love to hike, plan to spend the whole day there and take lots of pictures. There aren't any bathrooms except at certain parts of the trails, but if you get a map(which is very helpful) you will know where to locate them. We will defiantly visit again!

Thank KCJ44
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Monterey/Carmel area is probably the most accessible, tourist (& local) friendly way to experience the California coast along the Big Sur to Nor cal region. If you prefer a drive-thru, do the 17-mile drive in Monterey. If you'd rather spend a couple of hours on a mild/moderate hike, visit Point Lobos.

As expected, highway 1 near the park will be crowded. In summer, best to start your visit early in the day (aftenoons/evenings can be windy). In spring & fall, late afternoon's probably the best. Parking spots inside the park get over fast, but there's enough road-side parking outside. You might have to walk a little bit to get into the park.

A good hike is to to start the main entrance booth, go south along the South Plateau trail. Trail's a little up and down at the beginning. Keep going until your reach the ocean. Take the steps down to sweet little Gibson beach. Not many folks, great photo-ops - esp since you won't find any sandy beaches elsewhere in the park. Continue on along the coast on the Bird Island trail. Various awesome views of the ocean & coves on your way. Stroll by the Hidden beach, past Piney woods. Stop liberally to enjoy the views, breathe in fresh air, climb some rocks (be safe!), gaze into tide pools & rest your legs. Take the short Sand Hill trail + Sea Lion Point trail loop, then cut thru the Lace Lichen Trail to get back to the park entrance. You'd have spend over a couple of hours of invigorating 4+ miles enjoying the best of mother nature !

Drive back to Carmel town and finish off with icecream/coffee & pastries if you have time (and the roads are not too crowded).

Thank johnmani
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