with Monica Hudson of California Legacy Tours
Duration 2 hours, $30.00 per person
Purchase tickets at the latest by 8:00 AM the day of the tour. Check online Calendar
Meet at the bench by the park’s entrance station kiosk
Recommended is a windbreaker, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
Point Lobos, that magic place, is never the same. Here each and every walk is a new adventure as nature always writes the script. Called the "greatest meeting of land and sea in the world" by landscape artist Francis McComas, Point Lobos is considered the Crown Jewel in the California State Park system.
The hiking trails offer fabulous views over headlands, across Carmel Bay to Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, the home of the famous 17 Mile Drive.
The reserve is a natural area of dramatic granite cliffs, unusual rock formations, caves and beaches. It is geologically unique and contains a rich and diverse plant and animal life both on shore and in the water.
The telescope will help us spot sea otters, seals and sea lions. During the winter months there is a good chance of seeing migrating California Grey whales. Point Lobos is also an important overwintering spot for Monarch butterflies, and spring time brings California Harbor Seal pups, nesting birds and new fawns.
Point Lobos has a long human history as well. From fishing and whaling to cattle grazing and quarrying granite, the people who called Point Lobos home tried their hand at it. It was home to several dairies and a Japanese migrant village of abalone divers who were employed by the Point Lobos Canning Company. A subdivision was laid out and lots were sold, but it was the vision, foresight and actions of owner A.M. Allan that Point Lobos is protected today.
“I am looking forward to share with you what I know about this magic place and the many stories which I gathered when I researched my book on Point Lobos. With over 200 old photographs and text the book tells the compelling history of this magic point of land. Point Lobos has been home to me for 40 years. The people who made a living here, who owned and worked this land are part of my family. I love it even more today than the first day I saw it.” Monica
*Monica’s signed books are available on Point Lobos and Carmel-by-the-Sea,
Arcadia Publishing, Images of America Series.
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