17 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2012 10:43 AM by pluto77 RSS

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel CA, USA

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PL Map.gif.jpgThis little gem, about three miles south of Ocean Avenue, the main drag for Carmel by the Sea, is located just off California highway 1.  If you're headed south to Big Sur, another 21 miles, stop here and spend some time in an unspoiled part of the Central California Coast.  Point Lobos is also one of the parks in the California system that has been touched by budget problems so call ahead to see that their operating normal hours. The original name was Punta de los Lobos Marinos or "Point of the Sea Wolves" for the California sea lion frequently seen lounging on the offshore islands. It is alleged that Robert Louis Stevenson walked the area while living in Monterey and used the scenic area for the backdrop of his novel, Treasure Island.


Docents are knowledgeable and always willing to lead tour groups at appointed times. Many are also Guides (another volunteer position) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on Cannery Row in Monterey.


The natural beauty of Point Lobos, mostly unspoiled (there are paved areas) is wonderful any time of the year.  During the winter months you might be able to see Gray Whales migrating along the coast.  Otters are near the shore, often wrapped in Kelp beds or pounding crustaceans or Abalone on their tummies.  Of course the namesake California Sea Lions are there, even on cloudy days. constantly barking. 


We live on the mountain (hill) overlooking the Bay in Monterey and we can hear them in the morning, even at 700 feet above sea level, as they make noise at Fisherman's Wharf down below us.


So, when in Monterey or Carmel check this out.  Worth a few hours of your time to see the coast as it was before we all got here.


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  • Re: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel CA, USA
    jep2020 Gold 1 Reviews
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    Nice post Stepping

     

    Be sure to take you binoculars. Have a great time.

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    • Re: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel CA, USA
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      Yep the bigger the better since the whales tend to be offshore a lot

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  • Re: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel CA, USA
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    SS,

     

    Never been here, but hope to someday!  Looks very beautiful, and would want to spend at least a week in this area!

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  • Re: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel CA, USA
    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    Step, Going to Point Lobos this weekend.  Haven't been since the kids were little and we used to camp at Big Sur.  Will remember to take the binoculars.

     

    Thanks SO much for posting!

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    • Re: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel CA, USA
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      Call them to be sure the hours are as posted.  If you need their number let me know.

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      • Re: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel CA, USA
        pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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        I called.  They open at 8am.  So jacket and binocs.  Looking fwd to seeing some awesome marine wildlife as well as clearing out some cobwebs in the ole cranium.  Can hear the waves crashing and the animals squaking already!

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