Bird Island Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain568ft
Trailhead Elevation31ft
Top94ft
Elevation Min/Max7/94ft
Elevation Start/End31/31ft

Bird Island Trail

Bird Island Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Point Lobos State Reserve. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 31 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 568 feet. The Bird Island parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and drinking water. The Hidden Beach (elevation 10 feet) beach can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the China Cove (elevation 3 feet) bay. There is also a survey point near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: South Shore Trail, China Cove Access and South Plateau Trail.

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"The Bird Island Trail follows the rocky coastline through a Monterey pine forest along the clifftops overlooking the sea. The trail passes chasms, arches, sea caves, and the beautiful white sand beaches of China Cove and Gibson Beach. Both beach coves are surrounded by granite cliffs with staircase accesses. The hike then loops around Pelican Point, where off-shore Bird Island can be viewed. The island is inhabited by nesting colonies of cormo- rants and brown pelicans."
"The Bird Island Trail follows the rocky coastline through a Monterey pine forest along the cliff tops overlooking the sea. The trail passes chasms, arches, sea caves, and the beautiful white sand beaches of China Cove and Gibson Beach. Both beach coves are surrounded by granite cliffs with staircase accesses. The hike then loops around Pelican Point, where off-shore Bird Island can be viewed. The island is inhabited by nesting colonies of cormorants and brown pelicans."

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Trail Information

Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve
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USGS: Monterey
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