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Bird Walk is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Bodega Bay, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.1 miElevation gain49 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashwheelchair friendlyKid friendlystroller friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBeachViewsWildlife
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=99): Bird Walk is a mile-long loop trail through a revitalized 14-acre saltwater marsh at the mouth of Cheney Creek, where it empties into Bodega Harbor. This is one of Sonoma County’s prime spots for birdwatching. Here and in the neighboring dune ponds, mudflats, freshwater marshes, and grasslands, you may see snowy egrets, northern harriers, northern pintails, and marbled godwits - to name just a few. The trail runs atop a levee circling two dredge disposal ponds that were built in 1980 to hold silt from the dredging of Bodega Bay. The vegetation along the levee has been restored to improve bird and wildlife habitat. Bird Walk can connect to Doran Marsh Trail for an additional 0.8-mile hike. Accessibility: There is designated, van-accessible parking off of Highway 1. Two paths lead from the parking lot to the loop trail, which sits some 25 feet above the lot on top of a levee. The first is very steep. The second, a switchbacked asphalt ramp a few feet beyond, is the easier option. The trail surfaces are dirt and they are typically at least four feet wide. The max grade is 4%. Arriving atop the levee, you are greeted by a massive, grass-covered rock rising from the marsh. If you choose to circle clockwise around the loop, you'll first pass a pumping station on your left—down a hill and set back from the trail it's unobtrusive, and you'll likely be more focused on the vistas of Doran Park Marsh and Bodega Bay to the west. Within a few hundred feet you come to two spur trails, one travels down a gentle slope to a bridge that crosses Cheney Creek, where you can connect to the Doran Marsh Trail and extend your trip another 0.4 miles each way. The other, a hard-packed dirt trail that bisects the loop, is overgrown with grasses and quite bumpy for wheelchair users and doesn’t have the best views. There are accessible restrooms and an accessible picnic table by the parking lot.

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Doug Gehmlich
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This trail is very short, with two small loops that can be walked. No sure how it got the name of Bird Walk, as there were not many birds to be seen. The condition of the trail was good.

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Tina Metzger
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Not a bad place to visit, but as noted, this is a short trail. It's also close to the highway. A good place to take your dog for a quick stroll.

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Tim Barnes
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Jason Hill
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Marina Key
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Michael Locatelli
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John Robertson
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Lizzy User
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Lisa Gonzalez
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Jason Dorfer
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Jason Dorfer
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Russell Cook
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