Lower Tubbs Island Trail

Novato, California

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A long, contemplative hike along ranch roads and levee tops leads through the marshlands along Sonoma County’s San Pablo Bay coastline. Expect excellent birding and solitude, especially along the loop on Lower Tubbs Island itself. Depending on the season, hikers can view a variety of plant and animal life along the trail. More than 300 wildlife species either live in or pass through the tidal preserve. Birds are a huge draw: The refuge attracts seabirds and shorebirds galore, including ducks, pelicans, gulls, plovers, and sandpipers. Songbirds and raptors (including northern harriers and white-tailed kites) also nest and hunt in the marshes. Bring a guidebook.

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"A long, contemplative hike along ranch roads and levee tops leads through the marshlands along Sonoma County’s San Pablo Bay coastline. Expect excellent birding and solitude, especially along the loop on Lower Tubbs Island itself.

Depending on the season, hikers can view a variety of plant and animal life along the trail. More than 300 wildlife species either live in or pass through the tidal preserve. Birds are a huge draw: The refuge attracts seabirds and shorebirds galore, including ducks, pelicans, gulls, plovers, and sandpipers. Songbirds and raptors (including northern harriers and white-tailed kites) also nest and hunt in the marshes. Bring a guidebook."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Novato
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Best Times: Year-round
Local Contacts: San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Sears Point and Petaluma Point; maps posted on information signboards; map and brochure online at www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/San%20Pablo/San%20Pablo%20Gen.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Tubbs Island Trail

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May 2018