16. Bair Island Trail - Redwood City

Overview Map Highlighting Bair Island Trail

1.7 miles one way (long trail); 0.3 miles one way (short trail) 

Amenities and Uses
Parking, restrooms and drinking water are in the parking lot 400 feet from the trailhead, observation platforms, wayside exhibits, hiking, bicycling. No pets. 

Trail Surface
A level, wooden bridge connects to a flat trail compacted with quarry fines. 

This trail is best to view salt marsh restoration over time. Salt marsh is expected to develop to attract  endangered Ridgway’s rails and salt marsh harvest mice. Mudflats will attract shorebirds and native plants will attract pollinators and songbirds. Exhibits and observation platforms enhance the trail experience. 

Download the Bair Island Trail guide. (393 KB, pdf)

Connections to Other Trails
Connects to the nearby Bay Trail. 

Directions to Trailhead
Take HWY 101 and exit at Whipple Ave. in Redwood City. Head east toward the Bay. The road winds for 0.5 mile becoming East Bayshore, then Bair Island Rd. The refuge’s Bair Island parking lot is on the right. Walk across Bair Island Rd. and turn right for approximately 300 feet. The trailhead begins at the gated door.

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Bair Island Trail Map