On this walking tour, we’ll explore the rugged Carmel coastline where we will have stunning views of Point Lobos and Carmel River Beach. Our walk will also wind its way through the charming tree-lined streets of Carmel Point where we will have the opportunity to view a number of the first homes built along this at one-time windswept treeless bluff at the turn of the 20th century.
You’ll hear about:
• Famous Carmel houses
• Carmel real estate values
• Movies filmed on the point
• Colorful characters from the past such as Jean Arthur, Hugh Comstock, Robin Jeffers and more
• Coastal flora and wildlife
• Carmel’s first golf course
• The first softball league in the US
• The Carmelite Monastery
This tour is about 2 ½ miles and should take about 2 hours to walk.
Walker House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Carmel River Beach, Carmel River Wetlands, Tor House, Hawk Tower, Butterfly House, Edward Kuster House, Former Home of Actress Jean Arthur, Former Home of artist Thomas Kinkade, Cottage of the River Winds by Julia Morgan, Historic Lincoln Green Inn.
Your tour begins and ends at the Walker House/Cabin on the Rocks by Frank Lloyd Wright near the intersection of Scenic Road and Martin Way. Park your car as close as possible to this intersection. It is located in the residential area which has no parking limits unless otherwise posted. Walk from your car to the intersection of Scenic Road and Martin Way and stand on the walking path on the beach side. Face Carmel Beach and turn left and continue walking. Up ahead will be a wooden gate that slants downward and to the right. This is the private driveway to the Walker House and the beginning and ending point for this walking tour.
Places to stop along the way:
The various houses along the way.
Best time of day:
You can take this tour anytime during the daytime hours. However, if you are interested in touring the Tor House and Hawk Tower, they are only open for tours Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 3 pm. This is a separate tour and takes about one hour. The cost for this tour is $12 per adult. Advanced reservations are suggested by calling (831) 624-1813.
The homes that you will be viewing are privately owned, so please respect resident’s privacy and don’t go behind private gates or fences. The hotels are open to the public, so feel free to stop in their lobby and pick up a brochure for a future trip. There are no sidewalks on this tour, so walk as close to the house side of the street as possible. As with most of Carmel, use caution when crossing the street and watch for uneven ground and low hanging tree limbs when walking. When you come to intersections make sure that any cars coming your way see you and have stopped. Just be mindful of your surroundings as you enjoy this spectacular Carmel Point Walking Tour.
If you use your phone to take pictures along your walk, note that using the video setting will shut down the VoiceMap app and you will need to reload the tour.
There is one public restroom located along this walk at Carmel River Beach, about halfway through this walking tour.
Depending on the time of year you are taking this tour you will have different kinds of weather and different kinds of views and experiences. During the summer months of May through August the weather can be quite foggy. This may mean that you may not see as far along the coast as you would on clear days. During the early spring, March to April and fall, September to October the weather here is often crystal clear. At this time you will most certainly have a stellar view just about everywhere on the coast. However, both foggy days and clear days are quite fantastic, just each in their own way.
When using VoiceMap with ear buds, it is not necessary that you have your phone out of your bag. We have found that having your phone in front of you during these tours helps visitors stay on track. In map mode, there will be a blue dot on the map showing your location at all times. If you venture off the course you may use the blue dot to assist you getting back on the tour path. The blue dot will show your position in relation to the tour as well as upcoming stops that will trigger related audio content.
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