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Carmel Meadows to Monastery Beach Carmel River State Beach Professional Review and Guide
"This hike combines beaches and bluff trails along Carmel River State Beach at the south end of Carmel. The Carmel River flows through the north end of this 106-acre state beach, forming a lagoon at a protected bird sanctuary. The beach is bordered on the south by Point Lobos State Reserve. The hike connects Carmel Meadows in the grassland bluffs to San Jose Creek Beach, known locally as Monastery Beach, named for the Carmelite Monastery in the hills above. A short side trip leads to Portola Cross, the site where the Portola-Crespi Expedition erected a cross to signal passing ships in 1769. From the cross are panoramic views of Carmel Bay, the bird sanctuary, the surrounding mountains and Point Lobos."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes on the California Central Coast (Day Hike Books).
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