Pescadero Marsh Trails

Pescadero, California

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pescadero
Distance: 5.3
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk
Local Contacts: Pescadero State Beach and Pescadero Marsh
Local Maps: USGS: Franklin Point

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