During our stay in Monterey we took some time out to enjoy nature by visiting Point Lobos State Natural Reserve which is just south of Monterey in the town of Carmel. It was my first time visiting the spot and I really enjoyed the beauty of what I saw. We took two hiking trails and all the kids had no problems, even Jack who is 3 and quite the walker. Highlights included seeing how beautiful the Pacific Ocean was and spotting whales!
I climbed up this rock formation to stay with my family. It was a little scary going down, but well worth it.
I liked that they had docents to talk with. We met one at the information center and another docent on our hike who talked about the beautiful whales we briefly saw in the ocean!
I took all the photos above on the first trail. We somehow managed to do a loop and come out at the information stand where we began our nature walk without a trail guide.
I took this shot at the end of our second trail. My first photo on the rocks was also on this trail. I would love to return to Point Lobos sometime and continue to explore the trails. There is a $10USD parking fee if you chose to enter the reserve by car, but you can also park just outside and walk in for free. Having 4 kids parking inside the reserve was the best option, plus the fees go to keeping everything nice for visitors to check out the reserve. Thank you Lisa for bringing us here! I really enjoyed spending time with nature exploring beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.