Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking


  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking


Pescadero Creek Rd. at Hwy 1, Pescadero, CA,
South Bay
Not allowed, service animals OK
Last Reviewed:
October 2017
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This 243-acre natural preserve is part of Pescadero State Beach and is an important wintering ground for waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. It lies on the eastern side of Highway 1 and surrounds the confluence of the Butano and Pescadero Creeks. It is the only extensive wetland along the coast of the San Francisco Peninsula. The Marsh Preserve includes several habitats—a tidal estuary, freshwater marsh, brackish water marsh, dense riparian woods, and northern coastal scrub. Of the network of trails in this marsh, only the Butano Creek trail is manageable in a motorized wheelchair due to the rough terrain and grade. It is worth the challenge if your aim is to get close to the water and bird watch. 






Trails and Pathways

Butano Trail
Time to Complete:
1 hour
Trail Length:
Under one mile total
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Mostly gentle
Typical Terrain:
Moderately Firm
Trail Overview:

The trail leaves from the parking lot on a wide level fireroad for the first several hundred yards then leads continuously downhill through coastal scrub to an inaccessible bridge at Butano Creek. It's fairly rough riding so if you are sensitive to josteling it is not recommended.


The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
No – no designated accessible parking, hard, level or slope no greater than 2%;

There are no designated accessible spaces in this large undeveloped roadside lot but there is plenty of room to park in order to create your own access.

Additional Information:

Not recommended during wet weather.

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