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The Allan Memorial Cypress Grove
Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Though widely planted as farm windbreaks and in coastal communities, the Monterey cypress occurs naturally only here at Point Lobos and at Cypress Point across Carmel Bay. The trees are in many cases spectacularly distorted by the constant wind. Even here the cypresses only grow on the edges of the cliffs within the zone of salt spray and rapidly give way to Monterey pine.

This grove has been dedicated to the Allan family who labored for decades to acquire subdivision lots and consolidate the property which was eventually conveyed to the state to become Point Lobos State Reserve.

Cypress Grove Trail

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Edge of the Allan Cypress Grove

Edge of the Allan Cypress Grove

The Allan Memorial Grove covers the low dome of Point Lobos from clifftop to clifftop.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Allan Memorial Cypress Grove at Point Lobos

Allan Memorial Cypress Grove at Point Lobos

Point Lobos is one of only two places where Monterey cypress grow natively. The largest grove was named for the Allan family who consolidated the subdivided park property and sold it to the state in 1933.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Red Algae on Cypress in the Allan Grove

Red Algae on Cypress in the Allan Grove

Red algae grows on branches of the Monterey cypress tress in the most wind-exposed locations.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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North Edge of the Allan Cypress Grove

North Edge of the Allan Cypress Grove

The Allan Memorial Grove is the largest natural grove of Monterey cypress.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Looking From the Allan Cypress Grove to Big Dome

Looking From the Allan Cypress Grove to Big Dome

Looking across Cypress Cove from the Allan Memorial Grove to Big Dome.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Allan Cypress Grove

Allan Cypress Grove

The cypress grove continues behind Cypress Cove from the Allan Grove towards Big Dome.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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