Photo Gallery of Point Lobos State Park

North of South Point (All Photographs from my Personal Collection)
North of South Point (All Photographs from my Personal Collection)
Map of Point Lobos State Park
Map of Point Lobos State Park
A markerPoint Lobos State Reserve -
Point Lobos State Reserve, 62 State 1, Carmel, CA 93923-9753, USA
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Very few tourists have ever heard of Point Lobos State Park, but I am hoping that they will learn about it and visit because it is one of my favorite parks (including national ones) in California. What makes it so dramatic is the topography. It is so amazing that the scenery can be so different in each part of the park.

Point Lobos is located 3 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. Point Lobos is located between the cliffs of Big Sur and the relatively flat land in Monterey. The parking is not the best since it is a very popular park for those who know about it. There are only four areas where you can park: China Cove, Piney Woods, near Sea Lion Point, and Whaler Cove.

Point Lobos is a great place to hike and explore. The terrain is so diverse. There are areas of tidal basins, rocks, and sandy areas to explore. You have the lush hikes alone the rocky trails close to the coast versus the lush vegetation and forest further away. The Park for the most part has well-defined trails with safety rope alone the edges. Any visitor will be drawn to walking the paths alone the edges or hiking the lush trails. One has to be careful not to touch any plants that may look like poison oak because the park is covered with it. According to one park ranger, from time to time, they have to burn the poison oaks to keep them off the paths.

Areas of Interest

China Cove is an area where you are hiking alone the end of a lush cliff. You will see the beautiful green waters near the cove. In the Spring, you will see female sea lions protecting their cubs. The big boulders that are in the water are very impressive. From time to time, you will find benches along the trails.

Sand Hill Cove is a flat area of coastal rocks where you will find tidal basins and large rocks near the waters. Kids love jumping from rock to rock until they can reach the tidal basins.

Sea Lion Point is at a higher elevation and visitors can walk alone the edge. It is called Sea Lion Point because you can see large rocks where sea lions rest.

The Alan Memorial Grove is considered the main attraction because it is near the main parking area where there is a small ranger's information station. This is also handicap accessible. The area leads to Pinnacle Cove, which requires that you descend a narrow set of stairs made out of rocks. For those who can climb, it is well worth the trip. The rocks are very different and you come to an area with very blue waters and black pebble/sandy shores. You will also see sea lions basking in the sun.

Moss Grove is attainable through a lush woody hike. There are plenty of beautiful Cyprus trees that are known in the area. You will find native Californian iris and native Jack rabbits. The trails will lead you to scenic edges where you will see other dramatic cliffs.

Whalers Cove is where you can scuba dive. There are amateur scuba divers who drive there and unpack their gears. There is also a small log cabin showing the history of whalers near this area. The whales that they had hunter were baleen whales harvested for their oil. The water here is absolutely beautiful, greenish blue, and like other areas of the park, you will find beautiful waves hitting large rocks and boulders in the water. Also, from Whalers Cover, you can see Carmel by the Sea.





Near China Cove where there is a sandy beach, but watch out for the seaweed flies.
Near China Cove where there is a sandy beach, but watch out for the seaweed flies.
Near China Cove
Near China Cove
At China's Cove
At China's Cove
Dramatic Green Water
Dramatic Green Water
Beautiful Flora
Beautiful Flora
At China's Cove
At China's Cove
Rock Erosion
Rock Erosion
Sand Hill Cove
Sand Hill Cove
Close To Sea Lion Point
Close To Sea Lion Point
Near South Point
Near South Point
Amazing Rock Formation
Amazing Rock Formation
Amazing Rock Erosions
Amazing Rock Erosions
Near Pinnacle Cove
Near Pinnacle Cove
Toward Cyprus Cove
Toward Cyprus Cove
At Sea Lion Point
At Sea Lion Point
Notice the Sea Lion on the Lower Right Island
Notice the Sea Lion on the Lower Right Island
Rocky Coast
Rocky Coast
Near Moss Cove
Near Moss Cove
At Whalers' Cove
At Whalers' Cove
Toward Moss Cove
Toward Moss Cove
Near Moss Cove
Near Moss Cove
Cyprus Tree
Cyprus Tree
View Toward Carmel By The Sea
View Toward Carmel By The Sea

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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi formosan girl this is one of the best place and some lovely pics here. How i want to be there so picturesque!!voted up

carrie


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mikielikie 5 years ago from Texas

cool hub!! Love the pictures! Hope to read more soon.


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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks, CarrieThomson. Going to a beautiful place like Point Lobos makes me appreciate life. We are so lucky that it is a road trip away for us. Hope you can visit some day.


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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Mikielikie, I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures and hope you can visit some day. It is spectacular park.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

This is so lovely. It reminds me of Maine. I'll be visiting one of these days...


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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Stephaniedas, please do visit. I want the world to know how beautiful this place is. The beauty can make anyone happy. It is a great place to think, too.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I haven't been to Point Lobos in ages. Now I really want to go back!


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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks Simone Smith for visiting my hub. And when you do visit Point Lobos, it will probably look the same as when you had last visited.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I assume these are all your photos, since there's no attribution. If they are, you are so talented. Lovely stuff. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks, Alocsin. These are all my photos. When the subject is so beautiful, it is hard to go wrong. Thanks for the compliment.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up and all across but funny. It is so beautiful there! Great photos. I love mother nature. The water is beautiful and with the Cyprus tree, such a great view. I really missed out not going to California when I lived in Arizona. Great article and well written. Have a good day and see you around.


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

thelyricwriter, thanks for your comments. In the morning, you see the coastal haze. By afternoon, like San Francisco, it burns off. These pictures were taken on the same day.

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