- Wildlife viewing
- Particularly good for families
Twice a year, goats and sheep are brought in to eat the invasive grasses, a delightful sight that I was fortunate to catch on my visit in mid-September.
Trails and Pathways
- Trailhead Location:
- The most accessible route begins at the Chestnut Street entrance. The California Street entrance has a long ramp.
- Trail Length:
- Under one mile total
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
A 50-foot hardened path leads to a shady spot with a map and interpretive panels. The loop trail begins here. Take the boardwalk to the right, then go left at the junction to quickly reach a secluded section where the floating boardwalk passes through a marsh with tules and cattails. On my visit, rustling willows and the flapping of many dragonfly wings combined for an interesting soundscape. If you don't turn at the junction, you will pass a native meadow with purple needle grass, meadow barley, and poppies (none were visible in late September). The trail ends in about 50 feet, at Blackburn Street.
Alternatively, at the start of the loop trail you can follow the hardened path to the left, past a viewing deck—look between the 48"-high railings for turtles—the water treatment plant, and a narrow grassy area before you come to the floating boardwalk.
Interpretive signs along the trail tell about creatures that inhabit the marsh and lagoon, local flora, and the native Ohlone people. This marsh is a remnant of a wetland that once extended over 75 acres.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, hard, level or slope no greater than 2%;
At foot of Chestnut Street and near corner of Bay and California Streets
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – At parking lot at Bay and California Streets
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance