Salinas Nwr Trail

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, California

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain14ft
Trailhead Elevation11ft
Top13ft
Elevation Min/Max6/13ft
Elevation Start/End11/11ft
Salinas Nwr Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 11 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 14 feet. The Salinas River NWR Parking can be seen along the trail.

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"The 518-acre Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is a protected sanctuary for nesting and migratory birds that was established in 1973. The wildlife refuge is adjacent to Salinas River State Beach and encompasses the estuary where the freshwater of the Salinas River mixes with the salt water of Monterey Bay. During the spring and fall, thousands of migrating birds traveling along the Pacific Flyway seek shelter and food at the estuary. Within the refuge are coastal dunes, beaches, grasslands, salt marshes, saline ponds, and riparian habitats."

"The 518-acre Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for nesting and migrating birds. The hike through the preserve crosses grassland meadows to the bird-filled South Marsh, a brackish lagoon and estuary. A ridge of dunes separates South Marsh from the ocean. The trail continues past undisturbed vegetation-covered dunes to the isolated, sandy oceanfront. From the trailhead, another path leads to the banks of the wide Salinas River."

"The Salinas River is not only the largest river in the Central Coast region, it’s also the most mysterious. The seasonal river is an oddity in that it flows underground for much of the year. It’s even stranger in that it’s a north-flowing river, one of the few out west, joining the likes of the San Joaquin, Snake, Big Horn, Gallatin and Yellowstone rivers. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

"The secluded marshland at the mouth of the Salinas River is a well-known hot spot among local birders. Although there are fewer species here than at Elkhorn Slough, the birds tend to concentrate in large flocks by the river mouth and are easier to spot.

Peaceful and remote, this short span of river passes through a nearly freshwater environment lined with willows and reeds, then gives way to flat grassy fields and coastal scrub, before opening up to a broad, brackish lagoon surrounded by dunes at the Pacific shore. Although the Salinas lacks facilities, this lack of amenities is made up for by the fact that you will likely be the only paddler on the water, making it especially attractive for adventurous misanthropes seeking to dodge the rental shops and tours at the more popular Elkhorn Slough."

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Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
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Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
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Jun 2018