Upcoming Public Guided Walks

— General walk at Information Station

The walk will include discussions of the cultural history and the natural wonders of Point Lobos.

— General walk at Information Station
— Plants walk at Information Station
— Geology walk at Weston Beach

Join docent Randy for a geology walk in the Weston and Hidden Beach areas. You will see close up, touch and compare the major rock types at Point Lobos, and we will seek out trace fossils on the rocky shore.  You will also learn how the beautiful rock formations at Point Lobos relate to plate tectonic and other geological processes.

— General walk at Information Station
— Wildflowers walk at Information Station

Wildflowers are in full display after a wet spring.  We will explore the abundance of coastal wildflower species in this one-hour walk through coastal scrub, Monterey Cypress forest and Monterey Pine habitats along the North Shore Trail.  Meet at the Information Booth.  

— General walk at Information Station

Join docent Randy for a guided walk around the Cypress Grove trail.  We will keep a close eye out for marine mammals, shore birds and other wildlife while appreciating the lush plant life and stunning scenery all around us.  Learn how sea otters have come and gone from the central coast, and how our deep marine canyons support the animals you see on the surface.

 

 
— Birds walk at Bird Island Parking Area

With hundreds of cormorant pairs returning to nest, Bird Island is a very lively place in late spring.  Your docent guides will be carrying a spotting scope for close views and will point out other birds and animals, which may include Brown Pelicans, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Crowned Night Herons, Harbor Seal pups and their moms, and Southern Sea Otters.

— Wildflowers walk at Whalers Cabin

Wildflowers are in bloom after our damp, cool spring.  We will explore the species in the coastal scrub, meadow, and Monterey Pine forest habitats, and on rocky Granite Point, along this 1 1/2 hour long walk on the northeastern edge of the reserve. Some rocky footing and up and down small hills.  Meet at Whaler's Cabin. 

— General walk at Information Station

The walk will include discussions of the cultural history and the natural wonders of Point Lobos.

— General walk at Whalers Cabin

Walk Theme: Geology, Habitats and Human History of Point Lobos.  This is an easy walk along the Granite Point Trail around Whaler's Cove, and we'll discuss the plant and animal communities, the geology that made Point Lobos possible, and the story of human habitation of Point Lobos. Maybe a chemistry lesson, a physics lesson or even a poem.  But guaranteed to be both informative and fun. Meet in the Whalers Cove parking lot.  Walk guided by Peter Fletcher.

— Easy-Access Adventure walk at Sea Lion Point Trail

Between 10am and 12noon, visitors of all abilities are invited to experience our accessible, Sea Lion Point trail. Docents with scopes, binoculars, marine mammal pelts and information will be stationed along the trail for all to go at their own pace. As well as enjoying our beautiful, flat coastal trail, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and migrating whales may be seen! 

— General walk at Whalers Cabin

Join docent Randy for a walk from Whalers Cove to Coal Chute Point and Granite Point, breathtakingly beautiful but relatively little-traveled areas of our Reserve.  This is an area where human history and our natural environment are intimately connected, and as we look for birds, animals and flowers, you will also learn about human activities that have come and gone over time.

— Birds walk at Bird Island Parking Area

With hundreds of cormorant pairs returning to nest, Bird Island is a very lively place in late spring.  Your docent guides will be carrying a spotting scope for close views and will point out other birds and animals, which may include Brown Pelicans, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Crowned Night Herons, Harbor Seal pups and their moms, and Southern Sea Otters.

— Women walk at Whalers Cabin

Take an easy one-mile round trip walk along the Granite Point trail in Whaler’s Cove to learn about the lives of nine extraordinary women whose efforts shaped and preserved this land.  
During our 1 ½ hour and stroll, we’ll revel in the beauty of the reserve as we celebrate the vision, labor and passion of those in the past who made it all possible.

— General walk at Information Station

Join docent Randy for a guided walk around the Cypress Grove trail.  We will keep a close eye out for marine mammals, shore birds and other wildlife while appreciating the lush plant life and stunning scenery all around us.  Learn how sea otters have come and gone from the central coast, and how our deep marine canyons support the animals you see on the surface.

 

 

— General walk at Information Station

Walk Theme: Habitats of Point Lobos.  A discussion of plant and animal habitats in Point Lobos, including both land and ocean.  We will walk the Cypress Grove Trail, a relatively easy 0.8 mile loop with a little bit of climbing required as we round Pinnacle Point.  Not recommended for strollers unless you have someone to help carry them.  Guaranteed to be both informative and fun!  Meet at the Info Station parking lot.  Walk guided by Peter Fletcher.