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About Point Lobos SNR – Moss Cove in Carmel, California

Moss Cove is the northernmost cove and beach in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. It’s rugged and has very little sand. At high tide there are only rocks exposed at the back of the cove. However, it’s still worth the hike as this is a scenic spot with many huge rocks just offshore in the crashing surf. The closest access is from the parking lot at Whalers Cove. This route requires walking on trails north around Whalers Cove, The Pit, and Granite Point. To get down to the beach from the trail look for a footpath that leads to a rocky ledge near the center of the cove. Highway 1 isn’t far away and just a bit farther on the trail is sandy Monastery Beach.

62 California 1
Carmel, CA 93923
Park Name
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed in the reserve - even in cars
Fee for parking
Hiking, Beach Exploration
Map of Point Lobos SNR – Moss Cove
Carmel-by-the-Sea, US
2:29 am, April 24, 2024
temperature icon 53°F
L: 53° H: 55°
Feels like 51.19 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:21 am
Sunset: 7:49 pm
Humidity 77 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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Monastery Beach

0.3 miles away

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Carmel Meadows Beach

0.7 miles away

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