Cypress Grove Trail

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

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  • The Cypress Grove Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Looking south across Headland Cove.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • A pair of gray whales off of Sea Lion Point seen from the Cypress Grove Trail.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • The foliage of Monterey cypress. The Cypress Grove trail explores one of only two remaining naturally occuring Monterey cypress groves.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • The Cypress Grove Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Multiple overlooks dot the Cypress Grove Trail.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Lace lichen (Ramalina menziesii), or Old Man's Beard, finds a home in the cypress limbs.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • The Cypress Grove Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Trentapohlia, a green algae, grows on the cypress trees of Point Lobos.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Trentapohlia along the Cypress Grove Trail.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • The Cypress Grove Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Pinnacle Point along the Cypress Grove Trail.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Bluff lettuce (Dudleya farinosa) on the Cypress Grove Trail.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • The Cypress Grove Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • The Cypress Grove Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • Cypress Cove. - Cypress Grove Trail
  • Cypress Cove.- Cypress Grove Trail
  • An information center is stocked with trail guides, and species identification information is located at the Cypress Grove Trailhead.- Cypress Grove Trail
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
A rare, naturally occurring Monterey cypress grove.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($10.00)
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
30 ft (9 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
40 ft (12 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
No

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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One of the more popular trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, the Cypress Grove Trail draws visitors to the shade of the Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa). Point Lobos is home to one of only two remaining naturally-occurring groves on earth.

The Cypress Grove Trail follows a mile-long loop that circumnavigates the Allan Memorial Grove. The trail traverses around rocky headlands, points, and coves as it provides an intimate look at the trees and the coastline they inhabit. As you make your way around the loop, notice the orange coating adhered to the trunks and limbs. In spite of its color, this is actually a species of green algae called Trentapohlia, and it is harmless to the trees.

The trail leads around the headland as it opens to multiple viewpoints that overlook the vast Pacific. Watch for whales feeding in the nutrient rich waters off of Point Lobos. Continuing past the rock formations of Pinnacle Point and Cypress Cove, the trail wraps back around to the starting point at the Sea Lion Point parking area.

To learn more about the flora and fauna of Point Lobos and the Cypress Grove Trail, stop at the information kiosk located at the trailhead.

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