State Parks, Big Sur
If you are up to a 6 mile walk, the perimeter trail is the way to see Point Lobos (over and over and over). As can be seen on the map, the perimeter trail is made up of a combination of shorter walks. Pick up a map from the Ranger's Kiosk (a small fee). Connect as few or as many of the shorter walks to see the incredible diversity the Preserve has to offer; small coves with tide pools and frisky otters, bigger coves with scuba divers, Whaler's Knoll where you can sit on a bench and take in a 360 degree view of mountains and sea, sea lion rocks, bird rocks, cypress groves, and even a deciduous forest with moss hanging from branches.
One word of warning: Poison Oak! It's everywere! And because this is a State Park it is the home of the pesky plant. We are but visitors. The park crew makes an attempt to keep it off paths, but none to erradiacate it. Be careful what you touch.
Dubbed "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world", one would be hard pressed to debate this. Point Lobos State Preserve is located just south of Carmel, on State Highway 1, more commonly called the Pacific Coast Highway.
An $8.00 day use fee gains entrance to the park for passenger vehicles (Sr. Citizens $4.00, Handicapped $3.00). For me, the preferred approach is on foot. It's easy to park on the road side. In fact, you will see many cars pulled off in the dirt.
Walk into the park entrance and take a right toward the first cove, just past the ranger's kiosk. There you will connect with the perimeter trail; a 6 mile route that takes you through some of the most diverse and beautiful terrain you will find anywhere.
There's a rocky outcrop and tiny beaches and tidepools at the most northern edge of the Preserve that is where I have come to terms with some of the toughest times in my life. It's also a great place for a picnic with a friend, when life is good! Sitting on the rocks, watching the otters play in the surf and the big sea lions lying on rocks like fat lazy cigars while the waves crash around them reminds you of the timelessness of nature. Things find perspective. Possibilities become endless.
This park is definetely work stopping for. It offers amazing panoramic view of the ocean and a waterfall dropping into the ocean during hightide. The water is amazingly beautiful, ranging from blue to green, it's just really amazing, and I cannot find words to describe this beauty. A poet might do a better job, I suppose.
Easy access too - park the car and walk the path for a few minutes to reach the vista point. No beach acess.
Now that you've settled down a little, may I humbly suggest that you visit the following places of interest here in the Big Sur region? Get your pen and paper ready!
Andrew Molera State Park
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Photo Below: Limekiln State Park.
Hike Pfeiffer Falls trail at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It is a relatively easy trail covering a short distance. At the end of the trail you will be rewarded with a water fall.