Point Lobos State Reserve is a short 15-minute drive from Monterey. Parking is $10. You can also take MST Bus 55 which stops right at the entrance (check online schedule for timings). A round hike in Point Lobos takes about 5 hours with rewarding views of the beach and rocks, or take a short 10-minute walk to the nearest cove. Remember to bring binoculars as you might see feeding whales during winter. Recommended for you to bring your own picnic lunch. Don't miss the Cypress Grove and South Shore trails.