Abbotts Lagoon Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Point Reyes National Seashore
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 256 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 80 feet
Top Elevation: 80 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Abbotts Lagoon Trail
Parks: Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Elevation Min/Max: 15/80 ft
Elevation Start/End: 80/80 ft
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Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay

Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay

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.

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Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area

Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area

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

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Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco

Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco

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.

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4/28/2008
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This is an easy trail with lots of beautiful wildflowers and many birds.



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May 2018