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    Abbotts Lagoon Trail

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    57 m
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    Abbotts Lagoon Trail

    The Abbotts Lagoon Trail is a picturesque adventure through sand dunes, along the banks of the lagoons to a quiet beach on the Pacific. Impressively scenic and easy-going—hikers of all skill levels and ages can participate in this seaside stroll.

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    Route Description for Abbotts Lagoon Trail

    Indulge in postcard-worthy views of a lagoon bounded by sand dunes sitting in the foreground of the Pacific. This family-friendly adventure is well-revered, so you will likely run into like-minded explorers wandering the trail. Head out in the early morning for a more secluded adventure! The exposed terrain along the path offers unparalleled scenery, but it also warrants extreme conditions, so we encourage hikers to dress in layers and wear sun protection to avoid overexposure! Additionally, though inviting—the lagoons are not suitable for swimming. As you hike, we also encourage you to be mindful of snakes and of jellyfish on the beach!

    Easy-going, incredibly scenic, and conveniently located near Point Reyes Station, the Abbotts Lagoon Hike presents the perfect opportunity for an outdoor adventure. Admire the beauty of the Reyes National Seashore as you wander the boardwalk through sand dunes adorned with wildflowers, past a cattle ranch, and along the shores of the lagoons before ultimately arriving at a picture-perfect beach. We don't know if this trek can be topped with limited elevation change and manageable terrain through the beautiful natural environment! As you wander, keep an eye out for birds, deer, otters, ducks, herons, cows, and more! Chock full of wonderment, this tour is a must-do the next time you find yourself in the area!

    Your adventure along the Abbotts Lagoon Trail begins from the parking lot and trailhead off Pierce Point Road. Setting out from here, the Abbotts Lagoon Trail tracks southwest into the dunes. The initial segment of the trek will lead you past the lush meadowlands often abundant with grazing cattle. Enjoy the scene of the seaside cattle, then continue meandering the marked path. Revel in the beauty of the wind-sculpted dunes, and you will soon reach the lagoon. Enjoy the panoramic views of the lagoon from the overlook and keep an eye out for otters that inhabit the area.

    Soon you will reach a footbridge over the lagoon, which boasts yet another great perspective of the water. From here, you will be led west to a secluded beach. If time permits, explore the beach adorned with driftwoods and sea glass, throw the ball around and have a picnic as you watch the mesmerizing crashing waves. After you are through sunning and exploring the beach, it is time to begin your trek back to the trailhead. To get back, simply retrace your steps the way you came, all the way back to the carpark, marking the end of your seaside excursion.

    Trail Highlights

    Abbotts Lagoon

    Abbotts Lagoon is a two-stage lagoon on the coast of the Point Reyes National Seashore. These lagoons, though picturesque—are not for swimming. Instead, enjoy them from the walking trail. This area offers a cornucopia of flora and fauna and presents excellent birding opportunities and cattle spotting! The lagoons used to be utilized as a location for dive bomber practice and were later acquired by the Point Reyes National Seashore in 1962.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long is the Abbotts Lagoon Trail?

    The Abbotts Lagoon Trail is a 5.3 km out-and-back hike.

    Can you swim in Abbotts Lagoon?

    No, swimming in the Abbotts Lagoon is hazardous due to contamination.

    Are dogs allowed on the Abbotts Lagoon Trail?

    No, dogs are not welcome on the Abbotts Lagoon Trail.

    Insider Hints for Abbotts Lagoon Trail

    • Be mindful of wildlife, including deer, jellyfish, and snakes
    • The terrain is exposed, so dress accordingly
    • Do not swim in the waters of the lagoons
    • Pack a lunch and have a picnic on the beach
    • Charge your camera, the scenes are picture perfect

    Getting to the Abbotts Lagoon Trail Trailhead

    Find the trailhead for the Abbotts Lagoon Hike off Pierce Point Road.

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