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Bird Island is not accessible, but the nesting Brandt’s Cormorants can be seen spring and summer. View the jade green China Cove and sandy beaches of China and Gibson Beach. Hike beside wildflowers on the loop trail at Pelican point and glimpse Harbor Seals and Sea Otters below.
- Distance: 1.9
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Arrive China Beach. Take a break at China beach the picturesque cove.
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R @ T.
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R @ Y. Arrive at Pelican Point where the trail here loops around with views of Bird Island, China Cove and the coastline beyond. Wildflowers frequently line the sandy trail.
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SPUR – On the return, take the trail straight and head down to Gibson Beach. Look for Harbor Seals and don’t miss the creek at the far end of the beach.
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R @ Y. Turn right at the marked trail to Cypress Beach and then head down the steps the the sandy cove.
After visiting China Beach, continue right on the trail.
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China Beach Staircase
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China Cove from Pelican Point
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Point Lobos Coastline
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Staircase to Gibson Beach
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Gibson Beach Staircase
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