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Bird Island Trail

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Trail

0.5 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 45' 14 m
Descent: -53' -16 m
High: 83' 25 m
Low: 35' 11 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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

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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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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
May 6, 2018
Andre Powell

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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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