Voted in the top 10 walks, this coastal state park has history and the rugged Big Sur vistas. The tide pools are accessible and otters are often seen.

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Point Lobos

Year Round Walk

SN: 121989 - 2023 / Y0445

when is the event

From Sun, Jan 1st, 2023 to Dec 31st, 2023

Start box available: M-Sat: 8am-10pm; Sun: 10am-10pm

where is the event

Carmel, California

The address/location to the Physical Start Box (PSB) for mapping services such as Google or Siri is as follows:

Lopez Taqueria, Monterey

WARNING: The map pin is for reference only and may not accurately indicate the start box location or the event start.

reasons to do the event

Special programs

None provided

CC: Monterey County


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Event comments

The trail includes roots, dirt paths and rocks. But if you can navigate a challenging trail, this one has been rated in the top AVA events in the United States! The 10k trail goes around the perimeter of Point Lobos with breathtaking vistas of the Big Sur coastline, rocky seaside and Carmel Bay. The 5k highlights Coal Chute, Granite Point and Whaler's Cove. You may see otters frolicking in the surf or gray whales spouting on their trip along the coast. There is also non-aquatic wildlife in the reserve.The Whaler's Cabin in Whaler's Cove includes information on the whaling industry, local history and movies produced in the Reserve. Docents are knowledgeable about flora, fauna and scuba diving.

conditions for the event

Rating: 2C, Distance: 5, 10km

Restrooms: Yes

Pets: No

Strollers: No

Wheelchairs: No

Event information

Free parking is available on the west side of the highway as you head south, both before and after the park entrance. You must get there early (before 9am weekdays) to find a free spot.


how to get to the event

Driving to the start box

500 Del Monte, Monterey, CA 93940-2405. GPS: J426+22 Monterey. For directions, see Carmel - Mission. Open M-Sat: 8am-10pm; Sun 10am-10pm. After registering, drive approx 3 miles S on Hwy 1 to Point Lobos State Reserve for walk. There is a charge to park in the reserve or you may park for free on Hwy 1 and walk in. Donations accepted.

Maps phrase and directions link

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Lopez Taqueria, Monterey

This event has a remote start.

8 miles via Hwy 1 south

event sponsor

South Bay Striders (AVA-0338)

Event website: www.SBStriders.org

point of contact

Click inside the box to send an email to the POC.