Whalers Cove (Picnic Area) and Granite Point Trail (305)
Long before Point Lobos became a State Reserve, Whalers Cove was a center of human activity. For centuries the Native American Rumsien, and later the Spanish and Mexican colonists, used the wealth of resources found here. In the 1850ʼs Chinese fishermen, the first people known to live full-time at Point Lobos, built the Whalers Cabin.
Now a museum of cultural history, the cabin houses displays that showcase the ethnic diversity and varied enterprises of early settlers from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. The Whaling Station museum beside the cabin features the whalersʼ lives and work.
A brochure with more information is available in the cabin where you will meet a volunteer docent who can answer your questions.
To reach Whalers Cove on foot take the Carmelo Meadow Trail which starts at the entrance on the right. This wheelchair- and stroller-accessible trail winds through a pine forest and crosses over seasonal streams to Whalers Cove and the Granite Point Trail, where, by turning right, you can continue to Granite Point and Moss Cove through pine woods to Coal Chute Point, a good overlook for observing harbor seals and sea otters. Returning on the Granite Point Trail, continue along Whalers Cove to the Whalers Cabin Museum, or turn left when you first arrive at Whalers Cove from the Carmelo Meadow Trail.
Whalers Cabin is reached by car on the road which turns north from the entrance road a very short distance west of the entrance kiosk. Pass the cabin to park in the lot below, and take a short walk back up the hill.
At the parking (and picnic) area, two outdoor exhibits describe sub-tidal life and climatic conditions, while a 3D model allows non-divers to visualize the underwater topography. This is a good spot from which to survey the cove and locate various birds, rafting sea otters, or basking harbor seals which frequent the area.