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Granite Point
Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Granite Point, with several coves and pocket beaches, is the northernmost part of Point Lobos State Reserve. It is only a short hike from Whalers Cove but sees much less use than the rest of the Lobos shoreline. It cannot be accessed from adjacent Monastery Beach.

Granite Point Trail

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Ixchenta Point at Point Lobos

Ixchenta Point at Point Lobos

Ixchenta Point is where Point Lobos Reserve ends. Beyond is Monastery Beach, part of Carmel River Beach State Park.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Bedrock Mortars on Ixchenta Point

Bedrock Mortars on Ixchenta Point

Mortar holes in the granite bedrock at Ixchenta Point, used by Native Americans to grind acorns and other seeds.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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California Poppies Above Moss Cove at Point Lobos

California Poppies Above Moss Cove at Point Lobos

Ixchenta Point often has a fine springtime display of California poppies.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Deer at Moss Cove at Point Lobos

Deer at Moss Cove at Point Lobos

Moss Cove Beach norrth of Granite Point, with a small herd of deer.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Conglomerate Rock at Moss Cove

Conglomerate Rock at Moss Cove

Though the core of Point Lobos is massive granite, a coarse conglomerate appears here at Moss Beach and at Weson Cove on the south shore.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Granite Point at Point Lobos

Granite Point at Point Lobos

Granite Point is covered with low brush, noted for its seasonal wildflowers, and granite tors.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Coal Chute Point

Coal Chute Point

The Mal Paso coal mines once shipped small quantities of coal from this cove. Later it was used by Prohibition-era smugglers.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Above the Pit on Coal Chute Point

Above the Pit on Coal Chute Point

This abrupt small cove is known as the Pit.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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Smugglers Beach at Point Lobos

Smugglers Beach at Point Lobos

Bootleg liquor was smuggled ashore here during the Prohibition era.

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: May 21, 2012
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