The Del Monte forest located in Pebble Beach, California is dominated by the Monterey Cypress tree. There are only two small areas which are naturally first-grown Monterey Cypress (all others have been planted) – Pebble Beach at Cypress Point to Pescadero Point and Carmel Bay at Point Lobos. The forest also contains other important tree species including a variety of rare and endangered plant species. The nature trail system thru the enchanting Del Monte Forest winds thru
Crocker Grove located near Cypress Point in Pebble Beach grows the largest and in oldest Cypress Trees in existence-some nearly 300 years old. It is approximately 12 acres in size and was set aside in 1952 as a natural reserve. The grove was named after Charles Crocker, pioneer railroad builder, a leading figure in the development of the Hotel Del Monte, and one of the founders of the Pacific Improvement Company (later became the Del Monte Properties Company and then Pebble Beach Company.)
Near Crocker Grove, is a natural 1.41-acre open space, the S.F.B. Morse Memorial located along 17-Mile Drive near the first fairway of the Cypress Point Golf Course. An extensive tree planting program was started here and almost all of the younger cypress trees now grown from seed or known as “native stock.”
The Del Monte Forest Conservancy maintains and enhances the Del Monte Forest for the benefit of present and future generations.
The nature trail system thru the enchanting Del Monte Forest winds thru
Tour Book: Visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium or take a whale-watching tour to catch a glimpse of sea otters, harbor seals, and migrating whales in the wild. Stroll along soft sand beaches or browse artisan galleries and boutiques in Carmel’s idyllic downtown. Explore the stunning coastline on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, dive into a kelp forest, or rent a surfboard and catch a wave. Cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur and pull over to soak up the breathtaking ocean view, or wander the halls of the opulent Hearst Castle. Catch happy hour at a historic brewery, or enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood as the sun sets over the bay….more at this link.