Trails and Wildlife Viewing

Three hikers look for birds along the trail to rock hill. One of them is carrying a spotting scope on a tripod.

The refuge has two walking trails: the Rock Hill Trail and the Michael Hardenberger Trail.

  • Rock Hill Trail

    Rock Hill is a short hike from the refuge visitor center.

    The Rock Hill Trail is approximately 2 miles roundtrip, leading visitors through several different habitats. It begins next to the picnic area at the Visitor Center and ends on the top of Rock Hill, which is located on the edge of the Salton Sea.

  • Michael Hardenberger Trail

    Photo blind along the trail. This is a small, enclosed building from which to view birds.

    The Michael Hardenberger Trail is located at Unit 1 off Vendel Road, which is at the south end of the Salton Sea. The .7 mile loop encircles one of our freshwater duck ponds with access to a photo blind. The trail includes both an observation deck and observation tower, which overlook the refuge’s marsh habitat and farmed winter foraging fields. This trail is best used during the winter months when the ponds are filled for migrating and overwintering birds.

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