Pescadero Marsh Trail

Pescadero, California

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Pescadero Marsh, 360 acres of protected wetland on the San Mateo Coast south of Half Moon Bay and north of Año Nuevo, offers hikers a memorable opportunity to witness the best of nature. The trails are short but rich with life if you take the time to stop along the way, stay very quiet, and watch. Add a walk on the dunes of Pescadero State Beach, and you have a nice circuit of shoreline and wetland to explore. This is not a hike for stretching out the legs and working up a sweat, but it is a memorable, meandering tour of nature. Of the three short trails, the flat Sequoia Audubon Trail is best for a family hike and the one to take if you are short on time. Dress in layers with long pants; there’s a lot of poison oak, and the lack of funds have reduced trail maintenance. Bring water and binoculars. With 250 species of birds out here, a bird identification book would also come in handy. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers.

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"Pescadero Marsh, 360 acres of protected wetland on the San Mateo Coast south of Half Moon Bay and north of Año Nuevo, offers hikers a memorable opportunity to witness the best of nature. The trails are short but rich with life if you take the time to stop along the way, stay very quiet, and watch. Add a walk on the dunes of Pescadero State Beach, and you have a nice circuit of shoreline and wetland to explore. This is not a hike for stretching out the legs and working up a sweat, but it is a memorable, meandering tour of nature. Of the three short trails, the flat Sequoia Audubon Trail is best for a family hike and the one to take if you are short on time. Dress in layers with long pants; there’s a lot of poison oak, and the lack of funds have reduced trail maintenance. Bring water and binoculars. With 250 species of birds out here, a bird identification book would also come in handy. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pescadero
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round, 8:00 a.m. to sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 40 feet
Top Elevation: 100 feet
Local Contacts: Pescadero State Beach and Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve

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