Point Lobos

Point Lobos, Carmel: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Point Lobos Reviews: 5/5

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Bunmaster2014
Boca Raton, FL6,757 contributions
SCENIC MARINE WILDLIFE HABITAT
May 2021 • Solo
Wear comfortable shoes. I was in the mood for exercise. I hiked the trails, particularly the loop trail, and enjoyed the scenary. And wildlife. I saw otters and sea lions. Lots of birds. I had binoculars. I was here on a weekday, so I probably avoided a large crowd. Visitors here were wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, so far as I could tell. Bring a camera. And binoculars, if you have them, to get a better view of marine mammals offshore.
Written May 7, 2021
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SteelCity13
Austin, TX798 contributions
Our favorite Trail was Whales Cove -- Get there early on the weekends
May 2021
Great Park but honestly every park in the area is great. Some wonderful views from this park but does get very crowded and parking is limited. We loved Whales Cove Trail the best. Great rocky scenery, lots of seals in the area, and up and down terrain. Cute area where you can go and see and play on whale bones. Overall cute park if you have the time.
Written May 7, 2021
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Joan K
Los Angeles, CA63 contributions
Pleasure
May 2021
Absolutely gorgeous- highly recommend- well maintained hiking trails with amazing vistas, parking and decent bathroom facilities. Ten per car entrance fee. We parked in the Whalers Cove parking lot and hiked the North Trail to the Crystal Cove Loop. I took a ton of pictures! We say lots of sea lions and a few sea otters. I will return to hike more of the preserve! Just amazing. Saw a group with a docent lead tour that looked good.
Written May 6, 2021
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Maria v
Jensen Beach, FL53 contributions
Easy Hikes Excellent Views
May 2021
Parking is hit or miss, we parked on the road and walked in for free. Hikes are relatively flat and easy (sneakers are fine). Views of water, sea otters/lions, tide pools, pebble beach, birds, etc. are beautiful! Definitely worth a few hours of just hiking the perimeter of the park.
Written May 6, 2021
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John Lewin
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA14 contributions
Hiking
May 2021
The scenery is incredible! You are literally walking along some of the prettiest ocean in the world.
Written May 2, 2021
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ978 contributions
Great hiking spot
Apr 2021
We spent about 2-1/2 hours wandering the trails. There are great views at almost every turn. A sign at the entrance said the lot was full, but we chanced it later in the day and had no trouble finding a parking place. Great hiking spot.
Written May 2, 2021
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Travel the World
San Francisco, CA968 contributions
Top of the Mountain Experience
Apr 2021
Wow! What a wonderful way to spend a day. Every where you look is God's beautiful creation. The flowers were blooming, the baby seals were swimming, the birds were nesting and the hiking trails gave you a front row seat to see all of the beauty of the ocean. This was our first visit to the park and we LOVED it. The trails are well maintained which makes it easy to maneuver. Everyone wore masks and kept their social distance. I would highly recommend trying to visit this location on a weekday. I understand the weekends are very busy and they have limited parking so arrive early. It cost $10 a carload ($9 Seniors) to get into the park. If you are feeling energetic you can park your car outside the entrance (limited spaces) and walk in for free. It is about a 2 to 3 mile walk to the beach from the entrance. They have several volunteers to answer any of your questions.
Written April 24, 2021
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DKM128
7 contributions
Worth the hike to see this kind of beauty!
Apr 2021
My husband and I visited Point Lobos after seeing the long line to get in on Sunday morning! We knew it had to be good! We late mid-afternoon on Monday and were lucky enough to get a parking space. We chose the trail to the right of the lot first, it was magnificent with views of the ocean and the coolest trees....the trail is a little bit rough so if you have trouble walking I'd suggest the trail to the left of the lot, it is paved and much easier to walk. Unfortunately the sea lions were too far away to see, but we could hear them barking into the wind!
Written April 15, 2021
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Andy S
San Ramon, CA7 contributions
Amazing view, easy walk
Mar 2021
Take the loop trail, with amazing views. explore the hidden beaches and have a nice picnic. go early to get a nice parking spot.
Written April 11, 2021
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gidgetcindy
San Diego, CA158 contributions
Beautiful hiking area
Mar 2021
Point Lobos is just gorgeous, with many well-maintained hiking trails. It does get very crowded, it can help to go early in the morning and mid-week rather than during the weekend. There are several parking lots inside, but none of them are large and they do fill up quickly. Many people park outside and walk in.
Written March 31, 2021
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