Sobernales Creek

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Between Point Lobos and Garrapata Beach, look for cars pulled over next to a little trail on the inland side of Highway 1 that will lead you to a creekside skinny-dipping hole used by local residents.

Part of Garrapata State Park.

How to find it:

Take Highway 1 south. Just before the big Garrapata State Park sign, across from cars parked on the west side of the highway, keep your eyes open for a small pullout or vehicles parked on the east (inland) side of the road. "Two trails begin there," says a senior citizen who's been swimming in the hole nude with his wife since they were youths. "Instead of taking the Rocky Ridge Trail to the left, follow the Sobernales Canyon Trail to the right." Stay on the path approximately one-and-a-half miles until it ends. Then look for a path that leads off to the side, down to the creek.

The beach:

"It's a little nude swimming hole in the creek," says a reader.

The crowd:

Probably just you or a few local residents.

Problems:

Pull-off and trailhead area easy to miss; nudity discouraged in the state park.

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