Explore Point Lobos' Whalers Cove

San Francisco Whalers Cove

Added by Joel Bear

  • Incredible views of the Pacific mixed with beautiful forest
  • Solitude in Whalers Cove
  • Off of California Route 1
  • Feels remote and peaceful

Point Lobos is one of the hidden gems of the California coast. Located just off of Route 1 right after Monterey, Point Lobos is a state park on the coast. The cost to explore inside is ten dollars, but so worth it.

As you explore, be sure to hike around Whalers Cove, which is incredible at sunset with the ocean spray and lush forests. The ocean vistas, rocky shores, and hiking trails can easily be explored for days. It's such a peaceful and beautiful place to spend the day.

Pack List

  • Day Pack
  • Snacks / Clif Bars
  • Warm cloths ( the fog rolls in very easily )
  • Chacos / sandals to explore the rocky shores.
  • Plenty of water.
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3 months ago

Worth The Time

Well maintained trails, beautiful scenery. Can get a bit crowded, but still well worth the visit. Bring layers, as the weather on the coast can be very unpredictable.

3 months ago

over 1 year ago

Beautiful, scenic views on a relatively flat, well-maintained trail to the cove. The trail system is very clearly defined, making it easy to explore other areas. If you're headed there on the weekend, get there early as it can get crowded. If the parking lot is full, you can park on the side of the road just outside of the park.

over 1 year ago

Added by Joel Bear

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