South Shore Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Point Lobos State Reserve
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 272 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 31 feet
Top Elevation: 83 feet
Parks: Point Lobos State Reserve
Elevation Min/Max: 14/83 ft
Elevation Start/End: 31/31 ft

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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."

"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."

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