Point Lobos: South Shore and Bird Island Trails

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When last summer we realized that Point Lobos is a huge park that can offer a lot, was clear that we return there soon.
The funniest part of the story that I never planned this visit at all. We headed to Big Sur for a weekend: to stay in a campground near the river, visit beaches for sunsets, and hike peaks for views. The rainy March changed the plans dramatically. Over casted Saturday promised the heavy rain before the lunch. No way we could hike in that conditions!
Point Lobos was a saver of the day. The easy coastal trail is a great deal, even during the pouring rain. And I had expectations that rain should scary the majority of tourists.
We started this time from the first parking lot of the South Shore trail.
At first, we went upstairs to the Seal Trail just to realize it was closed. We saw few harbor seals on the rocks from the stairs.

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The rain started and ended. I was tired to put on and then off my rain-jacket hood.
However, the shore and the water looked soooo beautiful. Always colorful ocean got all hues of blue. Pebble beaches were empty, and only a handful of tied pool enthusiasts were seen.
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We passed the Westen and Hidden beaches, colorful and peaceful. The rain seemed to end. It was a great time to explore the shore. No crowds, no noise. We stopped and watched waves and rocks for a long time. Someone checked the tide pools, but I was afraid to walk on slippery rocks.
We reached the end of the trail and from it moved uphill to the Bird Island. There we started to see more people. The coves in that section of the parks are even more breathtaking. The emerald water washed the crystal clear sandy beach. The natural arches stood like ancient portals. Harbor seals slept on the rocks. If asked, it’s one of the most impressive parts of the park.
I wish we had more time there, but the rain started even more aggressive. When we walked near Gibson beach, it became a downpour. I hid the camera under the jacket and fingers began to freeze. No way we can stop there any longer: we had more than a mile of the trail back to the car.

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Other Point Lobos adventures

North of Point Lobos

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