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North Shore Trail at Point Lobos
Point Lobos State Reserve California


The North Shore Trail is my favorite at Point Lobos. It follows the clifftops through the pine and cypress forest with short spurs leading to viewpoints. Just before it joins the Cypress Grove trail it passes first above then opposite the Old Veteran cypress.

The trail passes inland of Big Dome, now fenced off. Years ago there was a short steep trail to the flat top of the rock and one could sit looking down through the tree-tops to the dark waters 260 feet below. Slightly inland is forested Whalers Knoll where the nineteenth-century whalers maintained a lookout to spot passing pods of whales.



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Looking west over Bluefish Cove

(April 3, 2001)


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Monterey pine forest above Bluefish Cove

(April 3, 2001)


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Looking out of the cypress grove to Guillemot Island

(April 3, 2001)


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On the sheltered south side of Big Dome

(April 3, 2001)


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The view from the west end of Whaler's Knoll

(April 3, 2001)


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The Veteran Cypress

(April 29, 2000)


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The Viewpoint at North Point

(April 29, 2000)


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