South Plateau Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California 93953

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain299ft
Trailhead Elevation71ft
Top129ft
Elevation Min/Max43/129ft
Elevation Start/End71/71ft

South Plateau Trail

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). This trail connects with the following: Carmelo Meadow Trail, Lace Lichen Trail, Gibson Beach Access, Pine Ridge Trail and Bird Island Trail.

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"The South Shore Trail explores the eroded sandstone terrain along the jagged southern ridges and troughs of Point Lobos State Reserve. The trail begins near Bird Island and ends by Sea Lion Point, weaving past tidepools and rocky beach coves tucked between the cliffs. The beach coves include rock-enclosed Hidden Beach and Weston Beach, covered with multi-colored pebbles and flat rock slabs. The trail continues past The Slot (a narrow channel bound by rock) and the 1 00-foot cliffs at Sand Hill Cove."

"This scenic loop takes in an array of habitats, from cliffside gardens, coarse pebbly beaches, and wave-sculpted archways and coves to Monterey pine forests and golden grasslands. Watch egrets walk atop dense rafts of floating kelp, listen for barking sea lions, and smell the salt spray. You may spot the fluke of a passing gray whale or surprise grazing black-tailed deer in a wildflower-strewn meadow."

"The South Shore Trail explores the eroded sandstone terrain along the jagged southern ridges and troughs of Point Lobos State Reserve. The trail begins near Bird Island and ends by Sea Lion Point, weaving past tidepools and rocky beach coves tucked between the cliffs. The beach coves include Hidden Beach, Weston Beach, The Slot and Sand Hill Cove."

"The South Shore Trail explores the eroded sandstone terrain along the jagged southern ridges and troughs of Point Lobos State Reserve. The trail begins near Bird Island and ends by Sea Lion Point, weaving past tidepools and rocky beach coves tucked between the cliffs. The beach coves include rock-enclosed Hidden Beach and Weston Beach, covered with multi- colored pebbles and flat rock slabs. The trail continues past The Slot (a narrow channel bound by rock) and the 1 00-foot cliffs at Sand Hill Cove."

"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)."

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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
Local Contacts
USGS: Monterey
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Jul 2018