Pescadero Marsh Trail

Pescadero, California 94060

Pescadero Marsh Trail

Pescadero Marsh Trail Professional Guide

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"In Pescadero Marsh’s 360 acres of protected wetland, the trails are short but rich with life, including some 250 species of birds. You meander along a hill above North Pond and then follow marshes, creeks, lagoons, and levees. Look for a nesting site for herons, egrets, and cormorants in an old eucalyptus grove, and the “singing tree,” a eucalyptus sprawled over the water that makes lovely sounds if you hold your ear up to one of its twisted branches.

Interpretive signs entertain and educate along the way. The hike concludes with a walk on the dunes of Pescadero State Beach."

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"Pescadero Marsh, 360 acres of protected wetlands on the San Mateo Coast south of Half Moon Bay and north of Año Nuevo State Park, offers hikers a memorable opportunity to witness a rich natural habitat. The trails are short but full of life. 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 a worthwhile 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 has reduced trail maintenance. Bring water and binoculars. With 250 species of birds out here, a bird identification book would also come in handy. A short drive is required to reach the third trail. Trails Surface: Sand, dirt, bridges and undoubtedly some mud (it is marshland, after all); flat narrow trails bordered with scrub and blackberry bushes."

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Trail Information

Pescadero
Nearby City
3.0
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Pescadero State Beach (and Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve), 95 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay 94019; (650) 726-8819; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=522; www.coastsidestateparks.org/pescaderomarsh-natural-preserve
Local Contacts
San Gregorio, CA
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