North Shore Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain609ft
Trailhead Elevation29ft
Top128ft
Elevation Min/Max28/128ft
Elevation Start/End29/29ft

North Shore Trail

North Shore Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Point Lobos State Reserve. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 29 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 609 feet. Cannery Point, Whaler's Cove and another parking, and the Sea Lion Point parking are near the trailhead. There are also a coastline, a recycling, drinking waters, restroom, waste baskets, and an information. The Guillemot Island coastline and Whalers Knoll (elevation 217 feet) and Big Dome (elevation 210 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Old Veteran Trail, Whaler's Knoll Trail, Cabin Trail and Cypress Grove Trail.

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Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The North Shore Trail parallels the northern headlands of Point Lobos State Reserve at the southern end of Carmel Bay. The beautiful trail follows the exposed and rugged coast past sheer granite cliffs and coves. A spur trail leads to an overlook of Guillemot Island, a rocky offshore nesting site for seabirds. A second spur trail leads to Cypress Cove and Old Veteran, a windswept, gnarled Monterey cypress clinging to the cliffs of the cove. The main trail, perched above the rocky cliffs, winds through a canopy of Monterey pines and cypress draped with veils of lichen." Read more
Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The North Shore Trail parallels the northern headlands of Point Lobos State Reserve at the southern end of Carmel Bay. The beautiful trail follows the exposed and rugged coast past sheer granite cliffs and coves. A spur trail leads to an overlook of Guillemot Island, a rocky offshore nesting site for seabirds. A second spur trail leads to Cypress Cove and Old Veteran, a windswept, gnarled Monterey cypress clinging to the cliffs of the cove. The main trail, perched above the rocky cliffs, winds through a canopy of Monterey pines and cypress draped with veils of lichen. Additional side trips lead to vistas atop Whalers Knoll and to Whalers Cabin, an old cabin that now houses a museum." Read more

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12/28/2014
I'm a Northern California native and it took me many years to finally explore this perfect location. Beautiful scenery and peaceful location. I highly recommend!
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Trail Information

Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve
Local Contacts
USGS: Monterey
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Dec 2018