Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area is referred to as Point Lobos. It is south of Carmel by the Sea. The park contains hiking trails and many small beaches.
Point Lobos is diverse in animal and plant life in both water and land. It is considered one of California’s park jewels. The Monterey Canyon and Carmel Submarine Canyon provides cold, nutrient rich water in upswelling from the sea; this supports the diversity of the area. The diversity of life in the water makes it a popular diving spot. The birds, mammals and fish rely on the kelp forest.
Alexander Allen bought land in 1933 to protect it from development.
The Whalers Cabin which is now the Whaling Museum was built for housing Japanese and Chinese fisherman. The Carmel Whaling Company did shore whaling here from 1862 to 1884. The Japanese Whaling Company operated from 1898 to 1900.
We took a cab to the park and back to our inn. We had to wait 40 minutes outside the park as it got dark for our taxi. We know to call a little earlier next time. These trails made me realize getting outside wasn’t so bad.
We really enjoyed our time on California’s coast. This is a really wild, rugged area.