South Shore Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Distance1.0mi
Elevation Gain272ft
Trailhead Elevation31ft
Top83ft
Elevation Min/Max14/83ft
Elevation Start/End31/31ft

South Shore Trail

South Shore Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Point Lobos State Reserve. It is a mile long and begins at 31 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 272 feet. The Bird Island parking is near the trailhead. The Slot and another parking, the Weston Beach, Mound Meadow, and Little Mound Meadow parkings, and the Weston Beach (elevation 7 feet) beach can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Sand Hill (elevation 98 feet) and the Sand Hill Cove bay. This trail connects with the following: Sand Hill Trail, Hidden Beach Access and Bird Island Trail.

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Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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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."
Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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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."

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Point Lobos State Reserve
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USGS: Monterey
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