If you're taking a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway, make sure to stop at Point Lobos just outside of Carmel. There are easy hiking trails that wind through the forest and along the cliff. The blue Pacific waves give quite the show as they crash, boom, and thunder against the gray cliffs.
Point Lobos State Reserve is an amazing park for short hikes along the scenic central California Pacific coast. The park is just south of the charming cities of Carmel and Monterey and is a must see if you are visiting the area. The park is populated by beautiful cypress trees and the waters abound with wildlife. There are sea lions and otters visible from shore and tide pools full of vibrant starfish and anemomes. The park entrance is posted on Highway 1 just south of Carmel.