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Levee Trail Hike Information

This stroll is a birder's delight. As you walk within the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, you'll have the chance to see the American white pelican, least tern or maybe even the endangered Ridgeway rail.

Watch for:

Great blue herons, coots, and shovelers. Also look for the endangered Ridgway rail and salt marsh harvest mouse, which depend on this habitat to survive.

Hiking Details at Levee Trail

Distance: 1 mile round trip

Elevation change: N/A

Hiking time: 30 minutes

Trail surface: gravel

Best Season: All year

Managing agency: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: From the Crittenden Lane parking area, cross the bridge and head north along the Levee Trail past the Stevens Creek Nature Study Area. Retrace your steps.

Bring your binoculars, as you are sure to see a variety of birds in this 50-acre bayfront preserve. In addition to more common birds such as mallard ducks, avocets, swallows, and sandpipers, you may notice more unusual critters such as burrowing owls. Although there is plenty to see year round, it is especially busy during spring and fall migrations.

Directions to the Levee Trail Hike

From Highway 101, take Shoreline Boulevard east. Turn right on Crittenden Lane, and park in the lot on your left - this is Shoreline Amphitheater parking lot F. Cross the bridge that leads across Stevens Creek to begin the trail.

More About the Levee Trail

The 55 acre Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area is part of the larger Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At 30,000 acres, it is the nation’s first and largest urban wildlife refuge and home to literally millions of migratory birds and endangered species.

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