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Kirby Park

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, California

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  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.- Kirby Park
  • Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).- Kirby Park
  • Ready to launch.- Kirby Park
  • Boat launch area.- Kirby Park
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.- Kirby Park
  • The parking lot meets the water.- Kirby Park
  • One of the better spots on the slough to get up close to otters.- Kirby Park
  • Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).- Kirby Park
  • Kirby Park Trailhead.- Kirby Park
  • The trail follows the railroad tracks.- Kirby Park
  • Viewpoint and informational area.- Kirby Park
  • Paved pathway- Kirby Park
  • Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis).- Kirby Park
  • A fantastic reason to stay on the trail.- Kirby Park
  • Long billed curlew (Numenius americanus) on the slough.- Kirby Park
  • Feeding time.- Kirby Park
  • Boardwalk on the Kirby Park Trail.- Kirby Park
  • Numerous organizations worked to acquire this protected habitat.- Kirby Park
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.- Kirby Park
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.- Kirby Park
  • View from the boardwalk.- Kirby Park
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Pros: 
Free parking. Dog friendly.
Cons: 
Parking lot is the park.
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Region:
Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.10 mi (1.77 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
-75.00 ft (-22.86 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Kirby Park is a small watercraft launch site 4.5 miles inland on the Elkhorn Slough. This park consists of a parking lot, a boat launch with a dock, and a 1-mile there-and-back ADA-accessible trail. Although this is a small area with the only amenity being a portable toilet, it offers some of the best opportunities to see wildlife up close from shore, especially otters. The Elkhorn Slough is a kayaking hotspot for nature lovers and waterfowl hunters who come here to launch. 

This straight half-mile trail follows the shoreline and terminates at the end of a wooden boardwalk. Along the way you will find wooden benches for resting as you enjoy the view of the birds feeding in the mudflats. Informational diagrams and a map of the slough can be found here as well. The trail is level and paved, which allows you to focus your attention on the scenery around you. If you walk quietly, you may be able to approach sunbathing lizards or mud crabs just off the path.

This clean trail is maintained by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation

 

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