From State Highway 99, at the community of Earlimart, California, take the Avenue 56 exit (Sierra Ave.) west 5.7 miles. Just before Road 88 is a directional sign directing you to the Refuge, turn north after the sign on Road 88. Take this road north for approximately 1 mile until you cross a small ditch (Deer Creek). Immediately after the ditch, and to the west is a gravel parking area. The trailhead is found here. Trail guides are available in the box near the information sign.From Highway 43, turn east onto Sierra Avenue (Avenue 56). Continue east along Sierra Avenue (Avenue 56) to Road 88 where you will find a directional sign guiding you to the Refuge. Turn north on Road 88 and proceed one mile until you cross a small ditch (Deer Creek). After the ditch, you will find the parking lot on the west side of the road and the trail head.PlanningIf planning to visit the Refuge during the winter months, please keep in mind temperatures can be quite cold due to the dense patches of "Tule" fog; please dress accordingly. Summer and fall temperatures at the Refuge can be hot and require plenty of sunblock, hat, and water. Please keep in mind, there is no water on the Refuge.Please pack out all litter or deposit in the receptacle found at the trail head. There is no trash service at Pixley Refuge.
Late summer flood up brings mosquitoes making insect repellent a must. West Nile and Western Equine Encephalitis viruses are present on the Refuge.When walking the 1.5 mile loop trail, remember that several species of snakes are present on the Refuge including western rattlesnakes so please, mind your step.
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The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to the age of 20. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring.