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    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve: Moss Landing to Kirby Park

    Moss Landing, California

    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Moss Landing to Kirby Park

    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve: Moss Landing to Kirby Park Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "Winding some 7 miles from the sea into rolling coastal hills, Elkhorn Slough is California’s second-largest marine wetland after San Francisco Bay and one of only twenty-eight National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country.

    In addition to being one of the best places to view sea lions, seals, and sea otters from a kayak—numerous sightings are essentially guaranteed—the slough is renowned as one of the premier birding sites in the country. Its fertile mudflats and salt marshes support an incredible diversity of marine life, helping make it an essential feeding ground for birds traveling the Pacific Flyway (the major route for migratory birds along the West Coast)"

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    Trail Information

    Moss Landing
    Nearby City
    1-9 miles
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Easy to Difficult
    Skill Level
    Mudflats make paddling outside the main channel difficult to impossible when tide heights drop below 2 feet; strong currents develop during tide changes over 3 or 4 feet.
    Tidal Information
    Tidal currents especially hazardous at the mouth of the slough during strong ebbs. Paddle and land only in designated areas so as not to disturb sensitive habitat; stay far enough away from marine mammals and birds not to change their behavior.
    Hazards/Cautions
    Year-round
    Best Times
    USGS Moss Landing (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18685 (charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18685.shtml) for coastal side trips.
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