North Shore Trail (307)
Between Whalers Cove and Sea Lion Point parking area is a ¾ mile moderately challenging walk through pine forests with open views of coves below. Much of this trail requires walking over rocky ground, tree roots, or stairs but this trail is well worth the effort for hardy walkers.
For a short loop, take the Whalers Cabin trail back to the Cabin. Stops #362, 364, 367 and 368 have more information about this portion of the trail.
At the eastern end, Cannery Point offers good views across Carmel Bay and Whalers Cove. In spring and summer, one can see nesting western gulls, pigeon guillemots, and both Brandt's and pelagic cormorants on Guillemot Island. Two side trails lead up from the midsection of this trail to Whalers Knoll.
Exposed to prevailing northwesterly winds and seas, this rugged headland, of sheer-walled coves and changing plant communities, offers surprises at every turn. Note the dramatic cliffs of granodiorite, slowly carved through the ages by the pummeling of the relentless surf. The trail affords views into several coves including Bluefish Cove – often with seals, otters, and egrets.
Near the western end, a short side trail (Old Veteran Trail) leads to the spectacular views of the much-photographed Old Veteran Cypress. It stands alone, gnarled, and clinging to the rock wall of Cypress Cove. This trail from the Sea Lion Point parking lot to the Old Veteran Cypress is wheelchair accessible.