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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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Pescadero Marsh is the largest tidal wetlands on the San Francisco Peninsula coast. It is home to over 200 species of birds and several endangered species including the San Francisco garter snake, California red-legged frog, tidewater goby, steelhead trout, and coho salmon.

Located just off Highway 1, the marsh preserve offers several easy and short trails to explore this unique ecosystem. There are three parking lots for Pescadero State Beach, and each one is close to a trailhead that leads into the marsh. The Butano Trail, at the southern end of the park, is an out-and-back route that will take about an hour. It is possible to create a loop from either of the center or northern parking areas with half the route following the beach and the other half returning via the marsh. Any of the trails offer beautiful views, birding, and a quick break from civilization in a little-visited natural oasis.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Rare coastal estuary near the Bay Area. Easy, flat hike. Solitary. Beautiful views.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

30.00 ft (9.14 m)

Address

Pescadero Creek Rd
1958
Pescadero, CA 94060
United States

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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