"Point Lobos State Reserve is the crown jewel among California’s state parks. It is located along the north end of the Big Sur coast- line just south of Monterey and Carmel. The incredible 1 ,276-acre reserve has bold headlands, ragged cliffs, sculpted coves, large stands of Monterey cypress, rolling meadows, and many miles of hiking trails. The eroded inlets are home to tidepools, isolated beaches, craggy islets, and marine terraces. It is a great area to view oceanside wildlife. The Granite Point Trail begins from Whalers Cabin, a historic cabin built by Chinese fishermen in the 1 850s that is currently a history museum. The trail curves around Whalers Cove to coastal overlooks on Coal Chute Point and Granite Point. Views extend across Carmel Bay and its sandy beaches to the golf courses at Pebble Beach. The hike continues on the Moss Cove Trail across open fields to Ichxenta Point, a low granite headland overlooking Monastery Beach."