- Accessible Restrooms
- Wildlife viewing
Elkhorn Slough is one of the best places in North America to see birds, and the best place for wheelchair riders to get close to the slough is little Kirby Park, at the upper end of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve. Close to 350 bird species live in the slough or migrate through. The slough reaches seven miles inland from Moss Landing harbor. The reserve encompasses 3,000 acres of salt marshes, mudflats, waterways, oak woodlands, and grasslands. A short (about .25 mile) accessible trail travels along the slough and across mudflats, providing plenty of opportunities to see egrets, sandpipers, terns, warblers, loons, peregrine falcons, and many other birds, even occasionally such rarities as white-faced ibis. The park also has a boat launch for small watercraft, and the steep concrete launch ramp may allow some wheelchair riders to reach the water.
Trails and Pathways
- Trailhead Location:
- West end of parking lot near restroom
- Trail Length:
- Under one mile total
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Accessible Parking:
- No – no designated accessible parking, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Even though there is no designated disabled parking, you will likely be able to take up two spaces in the large, typically empty lot.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – West end of parking lot., Portable unit has no sink.
- Good to Know:
The colorful red-tinged plant carpeting the marsh is pickleweed; its tips turn red as the plant absorbs saltwater.