Point Lobos

Point Lobos is on the Pacific coast in central California. Point Lobos State Reserve can be visited year round. It has been called the most beautiful place in the world. If you visit, you will understand why.

The California State Park System has an official, informative Point Lobos page.

Point Lobos is about 100 miles south of San Francisco, California. From San Francisco go south to Monterey, then continue further south on Highway 1 passed the roads to Carmel and Carmel Valley. The road opens to a beach that is the favorite of scuba divers. Right after the beach the road turns back into woodlands, and the entrance to the Reserve is soon on the right.

 The fee to enter the park is $6.00. In the summer time the Reserve is often full by late morning. After entering, the first parking stop is a short distance on the right. There is nothing of immediate interest visible from the parking lot, but be sure to stop anyway. At the north end of the lot a trail leads to coastal views. The trail is short (the sign says 650 feet), not strenuous, and offers the views shown below.

 Click on any image below for a larger view.

 In the summer, the coast is often shrouded in fog until midday.

 Visitors Joyce and Elaine Yu engage a park squirrel. Since they obeyed the rules not to feed the squirrels, the conversation was brief and one-sided.

Continue around the point as the trail loops back. The left image above is an artistic version, which you may wish to compare to the photo at right.

The vegetation adds to the mystical character of the scenery.

On this day, the fog rolled back late in the afternoon.

This is the last view before the trail heads back to the parking lot.

Here is an image of a view from the point that I processed for artistic effect.

Contuining along the park road there are more viewpoints, a tide pool area, and finally a trail head for the walk to see Bird Rock.

The point was named by the Spanish was thought that the barking of the sea lions sounded like wolves. You have a virtual certainty of seeing sea lions, or if it is foggy, at least hearing them. There are also good chance of spotting a sea otter swimming near the shore.

 I returned another day with a panoramic camera and took some larger photos. There is also on the web a note on the geography of Point Lobos.

In September of 1999, I took pictures of some of the flowers and foliage.

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Updated April 26, 1997. copyright 1996-7, Roy Latham, rlatham@cgsd.com