Point Lobos State Natural Reserve | Carmel-By-The-Sea, California | January 2019

I’ve now been living in California for just over 11 months. I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown by. Because of this shock, Brian and I decided to start exploring more of what is around us on the weekends, instead of staying home, watching Netflix, and baking.

On Martin Luther King Jr weekend, Brian and I found ourselves at home because I was oncall, wondering what could we do on Monday to make this weekend feel more like a three day weekend. We thought through a few options but knew that whatever we were going to do, it would have to be a day trip.

Now, if you know me, you know I will try and pack in as much as possible within one day. Of course, they have to all be on the same route, and no time wasted. But Brian reminded me that we didn’t need to see the entire coast from Big Sur, to Carmel-By-The-Sea, to lunch at Pebble Beach all in one day.

“We only live an hour and a half away, we can go back.” He was right.

So on this day, we simply went for a hike in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Of course, I’m not an active person, and I am not a hiker, but this hike wasn’t too bad. I mean, I didn’t break a sweat, I didn’t have to climb much (there are a handful of steps), and we got to stop a lot because there were so many beautiful views to take in.

If you are EVER looking to travel towards the Monterrey and Carmel-By-The-Sea areas (which are only 10 minutes apart), definitely keep a few hours available to do a hike through Point Lobos. It can be as long or short as you’d like with nearly half mile hikes, to up to 6 miles around the entire reserve. If you plan ahead, the park even does free walking tours!

During the hike we we saw everything from sea lions, to otters, and all sorts of birds!

If I ever have friends of family that visit the area and really want to see a beautiful coast line, I’m taking them to Point Lobos!

This can be said about the entire Bay Area, but the park was pretty windy, so of course, wear and pack your layers!

The best part, in my opinion, about the Bay Area is all of the naturally growing succulents. Not something I’ve seen a lot of on the East Coast.

Also, please take a moment to absorb in the gorgeous light coming through the trees below! Which, Brian says looks like something out of the Lord of the Rings.


  • Visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    • Parking is only $10. Though many people parked out on the main before entering the park.

    • We parked in the this lot and did a loop of the Cypress Grove, North Shore, and Whalers trails and back. Took about 2 hours with all of our stops!

  • Lastly, we ended our day by driving back through Monterey and having lunch at Alvarado Street Brewery that has some great sours, stouts, and food!