Natural Sciences Day Trip | Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Long considered the “crown jewel” of the California State Park system, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a magnet for nature lovers the world around. From its breathtaking beauty to its fascinating wildlife, Point Lobos is the perfect place to escape to the serenity of nature at its best on a warm summer day. Starting at the Oakland Museum of California at 8 am, this tour begins with a leisurely bus ride to Point Lobos, just south of Carmel, to meet with guide Dorris Welch, who offers a wealth of knowledge on all things nature and wildlife.
The day includes gentle hiking, covering about 5–6 miles of mostly level trails, with a hike up to Moss Cove to view harbor seals and open meadow with an overlook of Carmel Bay. The Moss Cove Trail crosses over the lower of two uplifted and visible marine terraces, remnants of ancient beaches from an earlier geologic age. The historic Whaler’s Cabin (small but packed full of treasures) was built by Chinese fishermen in the 1850s, and is now a cultural history museum. The North Shore Trail leads through the most dramatic scenery and terrain with granite formations and wave-swept coves filled with bird life and good for otter spotting. The Cypress Grove loop is a highlight, as one of the two naturally growing stands of Monterey cypress trees remaining on Earth. Here, hikers can view nature's array of California sea lions on the outer rocks, sea otters among swirling canopies of giant kelp, and maybe some migrating whales. Last, the South Shore trail winds along the gentler cobblestone shoreline, a favorite for whale, storm, and surf-watchers, bird-lovers, and plein-air painters.
Cost: $120 (Maximum of 20 people). Includes transportation to and from Point Lobos (from OMCA), and snacks on bus. Lunches and guiding/interpretation will be provided.
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