Twice a year, goats and sheep are brought in to eat the invasive grasses, a delightful sight that I was fortunate to catch on my visit in mid-September.
Trailhead: The most accessible route begins at the Chestnut Street entrance. The California Street entrance has a long ramp.
Length: Under one mile total
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Gentle
Terrain: FirmIntermittent boardwalk and hardened earth. The boardwalk is bumpy in places, and where it floats some people may experience motion sickness.
DescriptionA 50-foot hardened path leads to a shady spot with a map and interpretive panels. The loop trail begins here. Take the boardwalk to the right, then go left at the junction to quickly reach a secluded section where the floating boardwalk passes through a marsh with tules and cattails. On my visit, rustling willows and the flapping...
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|Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Dept.
|110 California St., Santa Cruz
|7:30 am to dusk
| In restricted areas
Not allowed in refuge; leashed dogs allowed in park outside refuge
|Santa Cruz Metro
Reviewed by Foster Andersen, September 18, 2008
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