This hike is along a riparian area, and an isolated beach. Begin at the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, a little-used spot near Marina. We’ll walk along the Salinas River, past a saltwater lagoon, then on the beach north past a shipwreck to the river mouth, which usually has lots of birds. Be prepared for cool temperatures, with layered clothing. Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, water, snacks and an old towel or pad to sit on. Binoculars are highly recommended, for the possible snowy plover sightings. After our hike, optional late lunch at Phil’s Seafood for those who may be hungry. Led by Cliff Halverson. About 6 miles, no hills but walking on sand can be tiring!
Assembly point: from Highway 1 in Marina, take exit 412 “Del Monte Blvd”. Careful, there are several Del Monte exits! This one is north of Reservation Road but south of highway 156. Turn towards the beach on Del Monte and proceed slowly on the rough dirt road, between the farm fields, past the no trespassing signs to the parking lot.
This is a CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY field trip. Please don’t sign-up unless you love botany and nature. This hike is more of a nature hike, not so much a cardio workout.
Many of our field trips have a waitlist, therefore, you may be blocked from future CNPS hikes if you are a no-show.
Be sure to check your email just before the outing as occasionally an outing must be cancelled at the last minute. Also, if you are on the wait list, sometimes participants cancel the day before, moving you from the WAITLIST to GOING.