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  • Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve
  • 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
  • $8 parking fee

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Sequoia Audubon Trail Hike Information

The Pescadero Marsh is full of life and this trail winds right through the middle of it.

Watch for:

Migrating butterflies, great egrets and endangered California red-legged frogs.

Hiking Details for Sequoia Audubon Trail

Distance: 1.5 miles round trip

Elevation change: 65 feet

Hiking time: Less than an hour

Trail surface: Uneven, dirt trail

Best Season: Fall

Managing agency: Coastside State Parks Association

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Trail is currently closed approximately .3 miles in from Highway 1 due to erosion. Stay tuned for more information.

Overview: The Pescadero March is the largest coastal wetland between San Francisco and Monterey counties and this trail takes you right through the middle of it. With more than 200 bird species, including a rookery of nesting egrets, herons, and cormorants, it is a birder’s paradise. Be sure to bring your binoculars.

From the parking lot west of Highway 1, head east on the Sequoia Audubon Trail out and back for a gentle stroll. The fog can be thick in the summer months on this stretch of coastline and the weather tends to be best in the fall.

The Audubon Society’s local chapter donated to help protect and maintain the marsh as a bird sanctuary. Pescadero Creek is also home to endangered steelhead and Coho salmon, which run up the creek in the winter months when the water levels rise.

Directions to the Sequoia Audubon Trail Hike

From Highway 280, take the exit for CA-84/Woodside Road heading west. Continue on CA-84/Woodside Road west until you reach Highway 1 near San Gregorio. Turn left on Highway 1 and head south until you come to the second parking lot on your right for Pescadero State Beach. (Don't park at Northern Pescadero State Beach).

More About Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve

POST has been working to protect and restore the Pescadero Creek watershed since the mid-1980s. As one of the largest watersheds on the San Mateo Coast, it plays a significant role in supporting the ecological health of the region. This trail takes you through the mouth of this creek, the terminus of this large natural system.

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