South Plateau Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Point Lobos State Reserve. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 71 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 299 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and drinking water. Rat Hill (elevation 144 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also a bench along the trail. The trail ends near Vierras Knoll (elevation 164 feet).
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"The South Plateau Trail, an interpretive trail, connects the white sands of China Cove and Gibson Beach with the entrance station to Point Lobos State Reserve. The nature trail crosses Vierra’s Knoll as it winds through a forest of Monterey pine and coastal live oak. Along the trail are 1 2 stations with information about the region’s plants and animals. (An interpretive pamphlet is available at the entrance station.) The hike returns on the Mound Meadow Trail across an ancient marine terrace. Along the coastal section of the loop, the hike offers access to China Cove, Gibson Beach, and Hidden Beach (a pocket beach surrounded by rocks)."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books).
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