Abbotts Lagoon Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Elevation Gain256ft
Trailhead Elevation80ft
Elevation Min/Max15/80ft
Elevation Start/End80/80ft

Abbotts Lagoon Trail

Abbotts Lagoon Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 80 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 256 feet.

Abbotts Lagoon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The birdwatching along twin arms of Abbotts Lagoon is among the best in the national seashore. Relaxing on the remote stretch of the Great Beach at trail’s end ain’t bad either. Abbotts Lagoon is a haven for birds. They sing in the scrub, waddle on the sand, race and peck along the tide line, and skydive into the surf. For any number of coots, grebes, terns, gulls, pelicans, and songbirds, Abbotts Lagoon is either home or the perfect stopover on a long and exhausting migration route."

"I’ve done a little hiking in my day, traveling miles through some of the loveliest terrain in North America, including Yosemite, the Colorado Rockies, Alaska, and the Yukon. But here’s the truth: If I could hike only one trail, I would head out to Abbotts Lagoon.

A chorus of chirping songbirds and lowing dairy cows accompanies hikers along the trail to Abbotts Lagoon, which spans fields of lush wildflower-studded scrub and ends amid windswept dunes at the edge of the turbulent Pacific."

"A freshwater marsh, brackish lagoon, and open ocean all provide prime birdwatching and wildflower viewing on this easy ramble."

"Abbotts Lagoon is a sanctuary for seaside wildlife and is a prime nesting area for the snowy plover and other birds that winter here. Nestled in windswept coastal scrub, upper Abbotts Lagoon is slightly inland, while lower Abbotts Lagoon is in the sand dunes, draining onto turbulent Point Reyes Beach. The walk is easy and flat, and passes through exposed terrain. The area is frequently windy in the afternoons, so bring warm clothes. Park activities along Abbotts Lagoon are limited to walking and picnicking, although biking, horseback riding, and camping are available in other parts of the national seashore. No dogs are permitted. There is no fee."

Abbotts Lagoon Trail Reviews

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This is an easy and beautiful walk through wetlands, around the lagoon and dunes, to an expansive pristine beach. If you enjoy watching birds this place is magical!!! There are tons of coastal birds, grebes, terns, quail, coots and egrets.
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This is an easy trail with lots of beautiful wildflowers and many birds.

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Trail Information

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearby City
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Point Reyes
Local Contacts
USGS Drakes Bay; Point Reyes National Seashore map and brochure available at the Bear Valley Visitor Center; map and brochure online at
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