Hike through grasslands, coastal scrub, estuary, and beach. Look for migrating shorebirds resting in Rodeo Lagoon in spring and fall, and stop for a picnic on Rodeo Beach
. The elevation gain is minimal, and the views are fabulous on this hike!
Features: Birding — Views
Family Friendly: Take a walk along the beach as part of this hike with minimal elevation gain. The Marine Mammal Center is also close by.
Dogs: No Dogs
From the trailhead, cross the bridge and come to the junction with the Rodeo Valley Trail
. Take a left and proceed 0.3 miles through low-lying coastal scrub plant habitat, then make a left (down a few stairs) onto the Bobcat Trail
. In less than 0.1 miles, turn left onto the Miwok Trail
and proceed through a beautiful meadow.
Pass through the fire road gate into a parking lot, and cross Bunker Road. Turn left and follow the Rodeo Lagoon Loop Trail clockwise around the lagoon. Enjoy beautiful views of Rodeo Beach
and the Pacific Ocean on the south side of the lagoon. The trail follows along the Rodeo Beach
for a few hundred yards. This is a great place to stop and explore or to break out your picnic lunch!
Once you are ready to continue on, cross the footbridge to continue on the loop. An optional side trip would be to The Marine Mammal Center, where injured animals recuperated. Upon completion of the Rodeo Lagoon Loop, return to the trailhead by following your footsteps across Bunker Road, Miwok Trail
, Bobcat Trail
, and Rodeo Valley Trail
You will have the chance to see several species of shore birds in the Rodeo Lagoon.