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Jul 04 2013
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
North Shore TrailCentral Coast, CA
Central Coast, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2013
AZLOT69
Hiking8.95 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking8.95 Miles
1,345 ft AEG
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Perfect day at the ocean. This park is outstanding.
Geology
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Natural Bridge
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Wooden Dwelling
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Jun 08 2013
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 Joined Dec 03 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, CA 
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2013
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Before my brother's wedding in Carmel, I took a quick spin of several of the trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The property is located just 2 miles south of beautiful Carmel. Taking my brother's advice, I parked along Highway 1 to avoid paying the $10 entrance fee (which also gains you admittance to Big Sur). I did pay $2 for a map of the park. There are no parking signs all along the highway, but there were already cars parked there, so I joined the crowd along a stretch just opposite the park where I did not immediately see no parking signs. I was not ticketed during my 2 hours in the park.

I didn't have a lot of time, so I did a loop of the park taking the South Plateau Trail, using the Pine Ridge Trail to get to the South Shore Trail. The South Shore Trail takes you for about a mile down the coastline. It was overcast the morning I was there, but the views were still amazing. I wish I had more time to really take it all in. I returned quickly via the 0.7 mile South Plateau Trail.

I highly recommend this small park, you get a nice range of flora within a handful of short, easily accessible trails.
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