Salton Sea—Rock Hill Trail

Niland, California

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On the surface, the sea appears to be little more than a lifeless, greenish-brown pond lined with dead barnacles and the bones of other creatures— a misleading impression, as the sea actually supports a great deal of life. Its vastness is impressive, and the stark beauty of the surrounding mountains makes it a picturesque locale. For birds, however, the sea is a mecca, a wonderland of microorganisms that feed not only insects but over four hundred bird species migrating along the Pacific Flyway. It is a critical spot, whose future is instrumental in the survival of many avian creatures.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

On the surface, the sea appears to be little more than a lifeless, greenish-brown pond lined with dead barnacles and the bones of other creatures— a misleading impression, as the sea actually supports a great deal of life. Its vastness is impressive, and the stark beauty of the surrounding mountains makes it a picturesque locale. For birds, however, the sea is a mecca, a wonderland of microorganisms that feed not only insects but over four hundred bird species migrating along the Pacific Flyway. It is a critical spot, whose future is instrumental in the survival of many avian creatures.

©  Allen Riedel/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Niland
Length: 2
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Late fall to early spring, very hot in summer
Local Contacts: Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Niland
Topo Map: Salton Sea—Rock Hill Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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11/7/2009

The is a beautiful trail for bird watchers. lots of water fowl. this is an easy hike, great for little kids. My 4 and 6 year old's made the 2 miles just fine. The first 1/2 mile mile is uneventful but as soon as you turn that corner you will see the beauty of this trail. And, the best part, IT'S FREE!

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