South Plateau Trail to Bird Island [CLOSED]

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

South Plateau Trail to Bird Island is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 259 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wildlife

closed

no dogs

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355

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2 months ago

Short easy walk to the beach. We had the beach to ourselves on a Saturday in March. There was one seal on the beach (Gibson). Water was a beautiful color! Loop around bird island was so scenic! Wandered onto a different trail (great network of trails), easy to modify loop to make longer or shorter. If you do one hike in point lobos. Do this one. And park on the street for free! Bummed that no dogs were allowed :/

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4 months ago

Hiked Jan 24, 2020. Gorgeous forest walk to coastal trail. Stunning sea views. Lots of opportunity for bird watching (I saw at least 30-40 cormorants). Harbour seals hang out on the beach to the right of the Bird Island trail peninsula. If you continue down Bird Island trail to the parking lot there are some picnic tables for lunch with a sea view. Very easy trail, very few major elevation changes.

recorded Point Lobos Loop Trail

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4 months ago

Incredible hike with beautiful views.

Nice views but extremely over crowded with corresponding noise issues. No entrance fee if you park on the road just outside of the entrance. This is a beginner trail in my opinion. Saw lots of parents with 5-8 year olds.

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5 months ago

Really nice trail, 5.4 miles only took 2 hours 15 minutes. Pretty flat most of the time some scrambling but minimal and can be avoided if dont go to cliffs.

outstanding trail. ocean and forest trail and views. beach picnic. minimal traffic. diverse ocean views.

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Wed May 22 2019

today there were some sections closed however the trail is beautiful and a lot of otters, seals and sea lions were spotted ! definitely wear long pants as there is a lot of poison oak on the side of the path and we did get 1 tick. $10 per car to access the park. the parkings are limited so arrive early

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Wed Feb 13 2019

Saw harbor seals, otters, crabs (tide pools) and incredible views of the Pacific. Around every corner is a new vista.

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Thu Dec 24 2015

We had a wunderfull hike today. It was sunny but windy and a to cold for this time of the year. There where not so many people. We spent nearly 3 hours and take a lot of photos.

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Mon May 18 2015

This is part of the trail in Point Lobos goes into one big loop to see the birds flocked one giant stone..

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recorded Point Lobos Loop Trail

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recorded Recording - Jan 20, 11:34 AM

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