Byxbee Marshfront Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palo Alto, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.3 miElevation gain9 ftRoute typeOut & back
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=178): The Baylands Nature Preserve, said to be the largest salt marsh preserve on the Bay, encompasses nearly 2,000 acres protected for wildlife, including the endangered clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse. The preserve contains a duck pond (formerly a saltwater swimming pool); tidal and freshwater marshes; a sailing station for windsurfers and hand-carried, non-motorized boats; and almost 15 miles of trails, all of which have some wheelchair access. Although quite a few of the trails are along roads or in built-up areas, many are close to attractive sloughs where a wide variety of birds can be seen even without binoculars, and some are out in the marshlands, where a flock of sandpipers or a lonely blue heron may be your only company. Jackrabbits are frequently seen in the restored wildlands above the high-water line, where gray foxes and burrowing owls are said to breed. But within the preserve you'll also find a sewage treatment plant, an airport, and a former landfill for the city of San Francisco, which is now a grassy garbage mountain named the Bixby Art Hill, home to several very understated pieces of public art. Highway 101 is nearby, as is Palo Alto's golf course. The difficulty rating for this trail is based on the experience that a wheelchair or stroller user may have due to the gravel surface. Visitor center: A quarter-mile down the road from the duck pond is the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center. Inside are displays about the wildlife you might see at the preserve and an ecology laboratory where visitors can prepare their own slides and examine them under microscopes. The microscopes are on a 25-inch-high shelf, but a video microscope that projects slides onto a monitor permits easier viewing. The center also offers videos, nature walks, and a variety of natural history programs for children and adults. On the wooden deck surrounding the nature center, use the low-mounted telescope to zoom in on shorebirds and waterfowl. A long boardwalk extending from the center across Harriet Mundy Marsh may be closed for major renovations. Located at 2775 Embarcadero Road, 650-329-2506. ACCESSIBILITY: The trail parallels the north side of Embarcadero Road between Bixby Art Hill and the sailing station for about half a mile, with views across the slough and a pickleweed marsh. It is not paved, and the estimated slope is gentle, all 3% or less. Interpretive panels provide information along the way. Traffic on the road is light and slow-moving, and you will never be far from a restroom. The trail has some access problems, including a soft surface in places and some small hills, but a bike lane next to the level road can serve as an alternate route if the trail poses a problem. Opposite the duck pond, this trail has a very rough section with a couple of small rises and some soft surfaces. In some places the surface is dirt and likely to be muddy in wet weather. There is designated accessible parking (van accessible), firm, and level or slope no greater than 2% at the Adobe Creek trailhead, where the one designated space is very likely to be occupied. Each of the several small lots along Embarcadero Rd. also has a van-accessible space, and at the sailing station, a gravel lot has several van-accessible spaces. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms with running water are at the nature center (open only when the center is) and Bixby Art Park parking area; porta-potties are at the duck pond and sailing station. Several accessible picnic tables are by the duck pond; all are near the parking lot on firm grass or dirt, and two have shortened benches to provide integrated seating for at least two wheelchairs each. The Visitor Center is wheelchair-accessible.

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Fred Fisher
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Windy. Beautiful day.

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Tingwei Chang
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Anil Pann
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Great trails for biking and walking

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haydon norby
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Marty Guericke
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Flat but nice.

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Noelle de Leon
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Mo Sow
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Fowl at times but well worth the views.

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haydon norby
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Annie Danis
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Love a flat trail. Very busy but also very beautiful.

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Mariana Sharp
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nice breezy walk for a hot day.

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Samuel Zhou
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Lisa Huang
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Jane Zhou
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Jim Beck
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Narada Hess
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Winston Tsai
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Peter Liang
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