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Bird Island Trail

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Great views of a large sea bird colony on a small island off the shore


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Miles

0.7

KM

Point to Point

83' 25 m

High

35' 11 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

53' 16 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features Birding · Views

Description

From the Bird Island Trail parking lot take the obvious path south along China Cove. After 0.2 miles South Plateau Trail joins on the left and Gibson's Beach with its white sand it just straight ahead. Turn right and proceed to the small headland which will give you an excellent view of Bird Island. This is a large sea bird nesting area in spring and summer. Don't forget to bring your binoculars.

Flora & Fauna

Bird Island is a popular nesting place for Brandt's cormorants. You can also see Western gull chicks and possibly black-crowned night herons.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Tilman Giese

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China Cove provides pleasant shelter from the brisk coastal winds.
May 29, 2017 near Carmel-…, CA
Bird Island definitely lives up to its name.
May 29, 2017 near Carmel-…, CA

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Mar 23, 2020
Julia Grizzell
Sep 21, 2019
R L
Nice views
Sep 21, 2019
C Montoya
beautiful hike
Aug 31, 2019
Annie Kim
Jun 12, 2019
Katherine Tasma
0.5mi
Oct 14, 2018
Alexander Ohmes
Easy walk. Nice coast views. Bird colonies. Might see harbor seals. 0.5mi
Aug 10, 2018
Agnes Vause
May 12, 2018
Michael Kearney