Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos in Monterey California. Beautiful views of the ocean!

The hubby and I are LOVING California! Today we decided to take a break from our studies and go to Point Lobos for a trail run/sightseeing. There is a heat wave in California right now, and since we are on the other side of the mountains that means the weather here is in the 70s! Perfect weather! Normally it is a little colder and you need a light jacket or windbreaker on the beach. We just couldn’t pass up this beautiful day!

(Notice the red hat? Runner’s Hub is an awesome running store in Clarksville)

Trail running at Point Lobos

Point Lobos is about three miles south of Carmel. Entrance to the park is $10, but you can park on the highway and get in free (and it is completely legal). There was a long line of cars waiting to get into the park. I guess there is limited parking, so they only let a car in once one leaves. We parked on the highway and the short little walk to get into the park was definitely worth saving the wait and the fee.

View from clearing in the woods
View from clearing in the woods


The trails are a mix of woods and beach. They are packed dirt…definitely a lot less technical than trails in Clarksville. They were generally flat with a couple hills. We decided to take it easy and enjoy the scenery. It really was so beautiful. Monterey just gets better every day.

We stopped at Whalers Cove to enjoy the view and take more pictures.

View from the rocks

Here is the hubby checking out all the little crabs.

And me just being goofy.

We ran further down the trail and found this pretty little lagoon.

Our last stop along the way was this little beach. All the other beaches were pretty crowded, but this one was not. Probably because you had to go down some steep stairs to get to it.
I took off my shoes and waded in the water while the hubby scaled the rocks. The water is freezing here, by the way. You don’t really see people swimming without wetsuits.

We had such a great time at Point Lobos! If you are ever in the area, this place is definitely worth a visit!


  1. James Divine

    Is this close to where you live? It looks like a place mom and I would enjoy when we visit in December. I love the website by the way. Love, Dad

    1. Post

      It is just a few minutes down the road. You should definitely visit, It is so beautiful! There is some hiking there as well.

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