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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

China beach. A must see. Excellent little hike

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Review

A 350-acre headland harboring a wealth of marine life, the reserve lies a few miles south of Carmel. The best way to explore here is to walk along one of the many trails. The Cypress Grove Trail leads through a forest of Monterey cypress (one of only two natural groves remaining), which clings to the rocks above an emerald-green cove. Sea Lion Point Trail is a good place to view sea lions. From those and other trails you might also spot otters, harbor seals, and (in winter and spring) migrating whales. An additional 750 acres of the reserve is an undersea marine park open to qualified scuba divers. No pets are allowed. Arrive early (or in late afternoon) to avoid crowds; the parking lots fill up.

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  • Address: Hwy. 1, Carmel, CA, 93923 | Map It
  • Phone: 831/624–4909; 831/624–8413
  • Cost: $10 per vehicle
  • Hours: Daily 8 am–½ hr after sunset in winter, 8 am–7 pm spring–fall
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  • Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea
Updated: 05-05-2014

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