Modoc Wildife Refuge Auto Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Modoc County, California. It is within Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 4,374 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 81 feet. The Headquarters Gravel Parking, Headquarters Asphalt Parking, Wildlife Tour Restroom Asphalt Parking, Headquarters Gravel Parking, and Wildlife Tour Restroom Gravel Parking are near the trailhead. The Wigeon Pond Parking and the Teal Pond (elevation 4,370 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail.
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"The Modoc Plateau is California’s “big sky” country, a land of wide open spaces, vistas, and mountains. Dominant plants are sagebrush, juniper, and ponderosa pine. The dry sagebrush flats are interspersed with marshes and spring-fed rivers. It is a different kind of country, and considered part of the Great Basin. Specialty birds: Resident—Bald and Golden Eagles; Prairie Falcon; Black-backed Woodpecker; Black-billed Magpie; Mountain Chickadee; Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Cinnamon Teal; Sandhill Crane; Black Tern; Gray Flycatcher; Cassin’s Vireo; Juniper Titmouse; Mountain Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Brewer’s Sparrow; Yellowheaded Blackbird; Bullock’s Oriole."
--John Kemper, Birding Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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