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San Francisco, CA: Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, Tidelands Trail Loop

Spy on migratory waterfowl while touring salt marshes, vernal pools, and bay tributaries on this 1.6-miler near Oakland and San Francisco.

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A short drive from the bay, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge hosts more than 280 bird species during migrations each spring and fall. The protected wildlife resides along the park’s salt marshes, ponds, and tidelands. Dotting the drier inland areas of the refuge, mudflats and vernal pools provide the backdrop for this short 1.6-mile habitat stroll. Follow the popular Tidelands Trail along the Newark Slough, and then turn up the Harrier Spur Trail to Refuge Hill (where views of the bay and LaRivere Marsh await).
-Mapped by David Miller, Bay Area Outdoors

To Trailhead

From San Francisco: Hwy 880S, exit CA 84 West, take exit 36 (Paseo Padre Pkwy/Thornton Ave)go South on Thornton Ave. In .8 miles, turn R into Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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