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Adobe Creek Loop



5.5 mile 8.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 12' 4 m
Descent: -15' -4 m
High: 12' 4 m
Low: 8' 2 m


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Max Grade: 0% (0°)


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A nice, flat hike around the slough.

Dave MacLachlan

Features Birding

Byxbee Park parking lot open from 8 a.m. until dusk.

Need to Know

Park at the Byxbee parking lot.


The Adobe Creek Trail departs the parking lot in Byxbee Park and meanders its way along Adobe Creek, Charleston Slough, Matadero Creek, and the Mayfield Slough providing you amazing opportunities to see a wide variety of water fowl throughout the year.

The path starts as a wide gravel trail with marshlands on the left and the Byxbee Park Hills on the right. At roughly half a mile, the trail turns to the right and crosses a bridge so that the South San Francisco Bay is on your left. Be on the lookout for windsurfers enjoying themselves out in the bay while various types of birds can be seen along the shores of Adobe Creek. As you approach the 1 mile mark, a large group of sea gulls can be seen nest and resting on an island in Adobe Creek on right. If the tide is low, various species of birds can be seen feeding in the mud along the trail. At 2.25 miles, be on the lookout for Pelicans resting in Adobe Creek on the right side of the trail.

At roughly the 2.5 mile mark, the Bay Trail to Shoreline breaks off to the left while the Adobe Creek Loop turns from gravel to concrete and approaches Bayshore Road. As you pass 3 miles, the trail crosses Adobe Creek and runs parallel to Highway 101 and Bayshore Road for approximately 3/4 of a mile. The trail crosses Matadero Creek and turns back to gravel as it meanders through the Renzel Marsh and follows Matadero Creek. At 4 miles, the trail takes a hard right turn as it continues to follow Matadero Creek on the right side of the trail while the Byxbee Hills are back on your left.

Be on the lookout for rabbits, who scurry away when they hear you coming. Herons, Canada geese, and various species of ducks can be seen in Matadero Creek/Mayfield Slough. At the 5.5 mile mark, you arrive back at the junction with the Adobe Loop Trail that you passed earlier. Take a left to make your way back to your car and the parking lot which is 1/4 of a mile from the junction.

If you want a little sting at the end, cut up over the hill and enjoy a nice view of the surrounding Bayshore.

Flora & Fauna

Watch out for the Canadian geese that can be rather protective of their space.

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Aug 30, 2019
Eric Valdez
Took the dog. Nice flat trail with cool breeze off the bay. 5.7mi — 1h 58m
Aug 30, 2019
Danielle Valdez
5.8mi — 1h 58m
Aug 13, 2019
Caitlin M
Jun 30, 2019
David Hitchcock
Breezy hike, lots of birds and rabbits. Parts of the trail were busy, but other parts were quiet. 5.5mi
Sep 12, 2018
Tim Sklyarov
Very flat, south west portion of a course is on paved bikepath next to freeway 5mi
Jun 6, 2018
Alex Fu

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When the tide is out, birds of all types can be seen feeding in the mud. The trail follows Adobe Creek and the Charleston Slough. You can see Windy Hill off in the distance in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Jul 9, 2019 near Palo Alto, CA
A pelican flies above Adobe Creek as it goes out to look for food.
Jul 9, 2019 near Palo Alto, CA
Rabbits can be seen along the trail if you keep your eyes peeled. They'll take off when they hear you coming.
Jul 9, 2019 near Palo Alto, CA
When the trail turns away from Bayshore Road, the trail turns back to gravel as it makes its way into the marshlands along Matadero Creek.
Jul 9, 2019 near Palo Alto, CA
Pelicans, along with other species of birds, rest in Adobe Creek. While they are sleeping and resting here, you can see them flying around as they hunt throughout the day.
Jul 9, 2019 near Palo Alto, CA
Looking down toward Shoreline, you can see the Matadero Creek as it makes it way to the bay.
Jul 9, 2019 near Palo Alto, CA


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