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The Bird Island Trail
Point Lobos State Reserve, California

The Bird Island trail begins where the park road ends. On the way to Bird Island this trail affords some of the park's most beautiful views.

China Cove has white sand and turquoise waters, Gibson Beach is down a wooden staircase on the southern boundary of the reserve. There are spring and summer flowers in the sage scrub and on the grass-covered bluffs. Waves surge around the complex promontories and through sea caves, tunnels, and arches.

Bird Island itself may be disappointing to non-birders, a domed offshore rock covered in guano and seabirds.

Bird Island Trail

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Bird Rock trail parking at Point Lobos

Bird Rock trail parking at Point Lobos

The parking lot at the end of the road and the beginning of the Bird Rock Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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Above China Beach at Point Lobos

Above China Beach at Point Lobos

On the Bird Rock Trail above China Beach

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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China Beach at Point Lobos

China Beach at Point Lobos

Tiny white sand China Beach

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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Above Gibson Beach on the Bird Rock Trail at Point Lobos

Above Gibson Beach on the Bird Rock Trail at Point Lobos

Above Gibson Beach on the Bird Rock Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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Stairs down to Gibson Beach at Point Lobos

Stairs down to Gibson Beach at Point Lobos

Steep wooden stairs lead down to Gibson Beach

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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Gibson Beach at Point Lobos

Gibson Beach at Point Lobos

On Gibson Beach at the south boundary of the park

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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Bird Rock Trail at Point Lobos

Bird Rock Trail at Point Lobos

Bird Rock at the end of the Bird Rock Trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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Bird Rock from Pelican Point at Point Lobos

Bird Rock from Pelican Point at Point Lobos

The Pelican Point viewpoint on the Bird Rock trail

Point Lobos State Reserve, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2013
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