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Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

based on 1 reviews



1.72 miles

Elevation Gain

121 ft

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Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail is a family-friendly loop hiking trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Along this hike in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, you'll get a chance to see beautiful coastal views with rugged cliffs, views across Monterey Bay, and Cypress trees as you stroll through Cypress Grove.

There are benches to take a rest along the trail and restrooms at the Cypress Information Center. At the center, you may run into volunteers who can provide additional details about the reserve. 

There is a fee to drive into Point Lobos State Natural Reserve -- CA state parks pass is accepted. Additional parking is available along Highway 1 outside of the reserve for free. 
Dogs are not permitted in the reserve. 
The trail is not stroller-friendly as it narrows at points and has a few steps and rocks along the path. If you have an infant, this trail can be hiked with a carrier. 

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Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail Reviews

This loop hike in Point Lobos was a great one for the whole family. We used a carrier for our infant because it's not a good trail for strollers with steps and some rocks. Our 3-year-old did pretty great too, just a little bit of carrying. The trail itself has great views of the coast and a nice change of pace when you hit the Cypress grove. It's best to get there early - we parked just before 10 on a Saturday with no problem. Our parking lot was full by 11:30 when we got back to our car. There is a few to drive into Point Lobos. As of 2023 it's $10, but free if you have a CA state parks pass.

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