Sea Wolves of the Crown Jewel Along California's Central Coast

Welcome to another travel post! I'm thrilled to share these beautiful photos with you guys! This one comes you straight from Monterey, CA. Enjoy!

Point Lobos is a state natural reserve located about eight miles south of Monterey, CA filled with amazing landscape and spectacular coves. Its name is derived from Spanish, punta de los lobos marinos, or point of sea wolves (which actually refers to sea lions and how their voices carry throughout the cliffs of the reserve). 

Point Lobos just before dusk

Point Lobos just before dusk

There was just enough time before dinner to get in a quick hike (about one mile), some beautiful views and a little chat with the sea lions basking in the late afternoon light before dusk. We parked along Cabrillo Hwy and walked into the park and headed for the Moss Cove trail

Hiking the moss cove trail at Point Lobos looking towards Monastery Beach

Hiking the moss cove trail at Point Lobos looking towards Monastery Beach

The entrance to the park is heavily forested and it feels like you'll be walking through trees for a while until you turn a few corners. Suddenly the trail narrows to a single lane and you find yourself perched along steep cliffs and stunning views. If you look close enough to the rocks below you'll find lots of lobos marinos blending in to the landscape (and in other cases...maybe having a large meal just like in this video below).

Sea Lion feeding frenzy at Point Lobos

The water was incredibly calm the afternoon we were at Point Lobos. I'm sure it was also incredibly cold. Just around the corner from our hike was Monastery Beach, another calm looking and serene place but it turns out it's one of the deadliest beaches in California. The water looks harmless and the beach looks really inviting but Monastery Beach isn't nicknamed Mortuary Beach for nothing! There are signs at this beach that advise you to always be facing the beach and to not turn your back to the water.

Kelp scattered along the still water during late afternoon

Kelp scattered along the still water during late afternoon

Even though this was a short hike it was really nice to get some exercise before dinner as well as have an excuse to take some great photos of this nature reserve. If you're an artist or photographer inspired by Point Lobos, the Point Lobos Foundation has an online gallery for showcasing art and photographs. If you're looking for more information and photos the Point Lobos Facebook page has lots of amazing content to share.

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