Starting from the parking lot on Marsh Road, head east on a wide, unnamed, gravel path. In the saltwater tidal pond to the south, look for the numerous species of water fowl--such as egrets, canvasbacks, grebes, avocets and shovelers--that call the park home. With the Bay Area serving as an important stopover on the migratory Pacific Flyway, the park flaunts nearly 180 species of birds, making it a birdwatcher's paradise.
Continuing on, follow the trail west as it meanders between salt ponds to the south and low-lying hills to the north. Keeping your eyes open for owl burrows on the side of the trail, turn left to head north at mile 0.6 before reaching a four-way intersection at mile 1. From here, catch tranquil panoramas of the adjacent Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Reserve, home to the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast.
From the junction, turn left to head toward the hilly heartland of the park. Then climb several mild switchbacks en-route to an elevated vantage point offering vistas of the Sausalito Canal, the greater Richardson Bay, and Bayfront's extensive trail system. From here, follow the path as it cuts inland and then south through grassy, tree-dotted meadows. At mile 2.5, climb another mild hill to return to the trailhead and complete the loop.
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From the paved parking lot on Marsh Rd., head right on an unnamed gravel path. Bypassing the numerous side trails on the left, keep your eyes open for the abundance of water fowl in the park's ponds and tidal pools.
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Hang a left to follow the trail to the north while passing a colorful salt pond.
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Hang a right at the Y-junction. The trail here serves as a dividing-line between the park's salt ponds and low, rolling hills. Look for owl burrows on the left side of the trail.
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Bear right at the Y-junction, observing the owl habitat mounds on the left side of the trail.
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Continue straight at the Y-junction.
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Turn left at the Y-junction to catch serene panoramas of the marshlands and parts of the adjacent Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
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Take a left at the Y-junction before hanging a quick right and heading uphill. The narrow path traces several switchbacks while bringing you into the interior of the park.
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Take a hard left at the four-way intersection. From this hilltop vantage point, catch a vista of the park's spider-like trail network and the San Francisco Bay to the north.
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At the five-way intersection, take the second left and head northeast on a wide gravel trail offering an elevated view of the marshlands to the east.
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Continue straight at the four-way intersection and look for raptors in the trees lining the path.
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Turn right at the Y-junction as the trail levels out. This open, flat area is frequented by kite-fliers on the weekends.
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Bear left at the Y-junction.
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Veer right at the Y-junction.
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Turn right at the Y-junction.
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Head straight at the four-way intersection before hanging a quick left and Completing a short climb to return to the trailhead.
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A birdwatcher's dreamland, Bayfront is home to nearly 180 species of birds.
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The trail bisects the hills and saltwater ponds.
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Hills of Bayfront Park
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Sunburst over the Marshland
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Hills and Trails
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Male and female Northern Shovelers.
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Burrowing Owl Home
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