Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach

Scenic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Lone Cypress is a Monterey cypress tree in Pebble Beach, California. Standing on a granite hillside off the 17-Mile Drive, the tree is a Western icon, and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America. It is located between Cypress Point Club and the Pebble Beach Golf Links, two of world's best-known golf courses. Possibly as old as 250 years, the cypress has been scarred by fire and has been held in place with cables for 65 years. The look of the tree changed significantly when it lost its leftmost branch during a storm in 2019.
The Monterey cypress grows naturally only in Pebble Beach and Point Lobos.
A drawing of the tree was registered as Pebble Beach Company's trademark in 1919. The company said the trademark protected not only the logo but also the tree itself.
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  • Normally this stop #12 would be the hardest to find parking but not on this trip. There were spaces open on both sides of the street and turnover was relatively quick. I noticed that not every...  more »
  • If this tree looks familiar, it’s probably because it’s one of California’s most famous natural landmarks. For over 250 years, this one lone Monterey Cypress tree has been precariously perched on the....  more »
  • I am blessed to live roughly a half mile from this monument. I often visit here to paint at this location. It seems to be a rather well kept secret. We enjoy the view from the car which makes this sight year round friendly
  • It's a nice sight but not sure what's the big deal about it that warrants such a tourist frenzy. There are other spots along the Scenic drive that have similar killer views. I guess one could visit it to cross an item off their checklist, or claim that they visited the Californian central coast. There is a nice observation deck descending down the stairs from the highway where you can take as many photographs as you want.

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