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Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Big Sur Coastline, California

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Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails

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  • Passing by Whaler's Cove in the first section of the hike.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Harbor seal and a seagull sun bathe.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Hiking along the Granite Point Trail.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • A rest bench at The Pit.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Great view at Coal Chute Point.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • A small tide pool below the cliffs.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Kelp lying on the surface.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Panoramic view from Granite Point.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Great egret repositioning itself on the kelp.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Looking at Moss Cove from Granite Point.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • More lounging around by seals in Moss Cove.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • The Moss Cove Trail leads through a picturesque field.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • California poppies can be found nearby.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • A hiker rests and enjoys the view of Missionary Beach.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Point Lobos has some rugged sections of coast.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
  • Hiking back through the pine trees.- Granite Point + Moss Cove Trails
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful coastal views. ADA accessible to The Pit. Great bird and seal watching.
Cons: 
Poison oak.
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Region:
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
74.00 ft (22.56 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The trails of Granite Point and Moss Cove take hikers along a tour of Point Lobos' coastline and through several small loops that overlook ocean coves. The trail begins alongside Whaler's Cove where many people dive for the day to explore the ocean's depths. Trails lead through coastal pine trees with several openings looking out toward the ocean. Once at Granite Point the trees disappear and are replaced by coastal shrubs. The point is so named for the mound of granite at the peak of the point. When hikers make it to the Moss Cove Trail, they will notice that the trail opens into a large field. The Carmel Mission can be seen along with Mission Beach in the distance.

Take several minutes to scan The Pit, Moss Cove, and Whaler's Cove for egrets fishing or Pacific harbor seals hauled out on rocks. These seals actually spend about half of their life on land and the rest in the water. While searching for food, harbor seals can dive to 1,500 feet and hold their breath for 40 minutes! Typical dives, however, are shallow and between three and seven minutes long. Pacific harbor seals, like most mammals, are opportunistic feeders and therefore have a diverse diet that mostly includes many types of fish. Never should harbor seals be approached, either in water or land. Human disturbances have been known to cause seals to abandon haul-out sites or even their pups!

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