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17-Mile Drive

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Stop #8: Cypress Point Lookout
17-Mile Drive

Cypress Point Lookout

©2011 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
Just past Fanshell Overlook, the 17-Mile Drive enters the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees, which you can see in the distance from this favorite vista point. Nearby in Crocker Grove is the largest of all Monterey cypress trees, named for Charles Crocker, who established the 17-Mile Drive in 1881. The Monterey Cypress is a rare tree that grows only here and at Point Lobos just south of Carmel. The largest can grow to be 70 feet tall and the oldest live about 300 years.

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