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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful clean trails with options for light scrambling on rocks on the shore. Lots of wildlife. Bring comfortable shoes, snacks and fluids. You'll park in one spot and walk the trails.

Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My only advice for visiting this park is to arrive EARLY so that you can park inside the park. Otherwise, the park fills and you have to park on the dangerous Highway 1, which isn't very safe and cars get broken into. But once you get into the park, there are trails everywhere with views aplenty. Bring your hat, good walking shoes, binoculars and a camera. I love bird watching and was in heaven with all the birds, including the awesome pelicans.

Thank raygay
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our first visit. The trails are well paved, not much in terms of elevation.
We saw hikers of all ages, we did the triangle from the entrance to the sea then down to china cove and back.

There isn't much shade, so we would recommend bringing sunglasses and hats. There are a lot of tide pools along the coast line where we saw crabs, muscles and little fish.

No drinking fountains inside.
No bathroom inside the park (that we saw), there are a couple of stalls at the entrance.

Parking inside the park cost $10 but was full when we got there at noon. Plenty of parking outside the park, just walk down the road!

Thank priscillat342
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked into the park because parking is very limited. No charge if you walk into the park. Easy to follow the trails and everything is well marked. About a 1/4 mile level walk to the main trail heads from the entrance gate.. Cypress trail takes you to an overlook and stand of cypress. Other trails take you out to the beach and rocky cliffs. All is well marked, get a map at you enter.. No restaurant or place to eat, but restrooms and small place for drinks. It was nice that the park is being preserved as it is rather than adding all the touristy things. We enjoyed the early morning and had some fog that moved quickly in land and burned off. A wonderful site do as many trails as you can because they are all different and offer beautiful views. The south trail goes along the beach where there are sea lions and seals on the rocks.

Thank dolls111
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited on 9/21/2018 (Friday): Parking was full when we arrived so we parked on Highway 1 and only had to do a short walk to the entrance of the park. Not only did we not have to pay for the parking/entrance fee, we also did not have to worry about driving around and then trying to find parking within the park. We only had an hour to spend here so we decided to walk the Carmelo Meadow Trail to the Granite Point Trail and ended at Coal Point which has an amazing vista. Will definitely be stopping by here again next time and will be sure to see the rest of this beautiful park. If you are near Monterey or driving the coast, you must stop here.

Thank BrutolMotent
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Reviewed 6 days ago

By far our favorite day in the Carmel area was the one we spent exploring Point Lobos. Simply breathtaking! This is a DO NOT MISS location. Great hiking trails, and helpful rangers who enjoyed giving our daughter information about the animals she was seeing.

Thank efloraross
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful state reserve with lovely views that my coworker told me about. We did the South Shore trail and Cypress Grove Trail, and spent a couple of hours there in total. We made it there Saturday after 2 PM, and didn't feel the park was too crowded. The trails are, for the most part, pretty flat. We did climb onto some of the rockier areas on the South Shore trail, which my son enjoyed. We were able to see a sea urchin and a starfish. We also saw a sea otter and sea lions on some of the rocks. It was only $10 per car to enter the park, and well worth it.

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely, lovely ocean views with beautiful trails to follow. At the right time of year you may even see butterflies everywhere. We enjoyed the lively seals as well and watching the crashing waves. We return every year.

Thank Cheryl W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here as part of our coastal road trip. Its definitely one of our favorites! Most amazing views!

Thank MHL77
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Reviewed 1 week ago

heaven on earth, lived nearby, visit,as often as possible. free entrance for walk in or bike ride. go!

Thank michael l
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