Discover Point Lobos: Scenic Trails and Wildlife Encounters

Go on a journey through Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, where the beauty of Big Sur condenses into an unforgettable hiking and wildlife experience.

Last updated: Apr 2024

    $10 per car for park entry


    404 Miles from you


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  1. Arrive early to secure parking at desired trailhead.
  2. Pay the $10 entry fee at the park's entrance.
  3. Start with the Cypress Grove Trail for an immersive forest and coastal experience.
  4. Proceed to Sea Lion Point Trail for breathtaking sea lion sightings.
  5. Explore Bird Island Trail for an enchanting walk along coastal bluffs leading to wildlife-rich coves and islands.
  6. Visit the Whaler’s Cabin museum for a historical perspective on the area.
  7. Plan for breaks at scenic viewpoints to fully appreciate the natural beauty.



Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

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Packing List

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Camera
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Light snacks

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