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Point Lobos, a prominent headland at the southern side of Carmel Bay on the central California coast (Fig.1), is the site of a popular state reserve. Entrance to this reserve is from California 1, about 4 mi(6.4 km) south of the village of Carmel and 2.5 mi(4 km) southwest of the intersection of California 1 and Carmel Valley Road (County Road G16). Within the reserve, paved roads and well-maintained foot trails provide excellent access to many of the more prominent exposures (Fig.1). Outcrops not served by foot trails are off-limits to the public; however, the geologically important exposuresdescribed herein are readily accessible. Point LobosState Reserve is beautifully maintained in a pristine condition by its staff, and the rules are strictly enforced. Most important, froma geologic standpoint, are strictures against collecting or disturbing any natural object within the reserve, so geological hammers are best left in vehicles. The rocks of the reserve are a striking esthetic resource and a mecca for amateur and professional photographers—they are not to be defaced. The reserve opens in the morning (typically at 9:00) and closes before sundown. A nominal entrance fee is charged to visitors.

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