Point Lobos, California
Point Lobos is the common name for the area including Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and two adjoining marine protected areas. The area is located south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, at the north end of the Big Sur coast of the Pacific Ocean.
At the time of filming, strict environmental restrictions were in place in the Point Lobos area with a "ban on all filming at the park, except for shooting background footage with a strictly limited presence of cast, crew and equipment". Controversially, the crew removed large amounts of the undergrowth and damaged some young Cypress trees during filming. Local residents felt poetic justice was served when many of the crew were hospitalised after having contracted poison ivy.
Point Lobos State Reserve
The atmospheric opening titles were filmed in Point Lobos State Reserve.
Point Lobos Coastline
Gibson Beach was used as the location of the beach with the wooden staircase.
Point Lobos State Reserve:
- 17 Mile Drive, Monterey Peninsula, California (5.6 miles)
- Big Sur, California (10.5 miles)
- Mission San Juan Bautista, California (32.3 miles)
- Scotts Valley, California (40.3 miles)
- Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California (48.5 miles)
Notes & References
- Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco (2002) by Jeff Kraft & Aaron Leventhal, page 226
- Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco (2002) by Jeff Kraft & Aaron Leventhal, page 227