Pelican Nature Trail

EASY 29 reviews

Pelican Nature Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Vernalis, California that features a river 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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
65 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

15 days ago

boring

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17 days ago

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18 days ago

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22 days ago

Nice easy trail, some pretty views of the river.

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3 months ago

Other than the midget flies who chewed my lower legs up pretty badly (my own fault for hiking in shorts and no bug spray) it was a good hike. As everyone else has stated some trails still closed. Lots of cotton tails and ground squirrels to see along the manmade road trail. Plenty of shade even on a warm day. A lot of parking and bathrooms at the trailhead. No fees to park so it's free to hike.

4 months ago

Ok trail for beginners. Lots of Rabbits and lizards

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Great place and local, lots of shade, dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed (remember to pick up after your dogs). Didn't see a person on the trails, walked over 4 miles, still some areas are closed off but still was able to get 4 miles in. There's plenty of shaded places and lots of animals, ducks, random birds, squirrels, rabbits, turtles, deer. I'll definitely come back. It does get warm, I left by 10 but it was already pretty warm.

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5 months ago

6 months ago

most of the trail is closed off due to flooding. Will need to go once the hike is open again

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6 months ago

It's not as big as some trailed but it's a really pleasant hideaway and a nice little hike. If you into animal watching this place is always filled with various animals depending on the time of year.

It's like a private little forest (almost)

hiking
6 months ago

Lots of quail and riparian brush rabbits... good early morning or evening hike... good birding​.

6 months ago

Went yesterday. It was hot, trail is flooded 1/4 mile out, no shade except one tree 1/2 mile away. We were the only car there If that tells you anything. Will not be back.

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7 months ago

A good portion of the trail is still under water and closed. When I was there the gnats were plentiful but nothing bit me and I saw no mosquitos. Even with the closed sections I was able to get in a 4 mile "out and back" hike in, that was full of Riparian Brush Rabbits and Quail. I will go back so I can see the parts of the Refuge that I missed due to closures for flooding. Very easy hike with no elevation changes.