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Bair Island

  • Address:
    Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
    Redwood City, CA 94063



Located near downtown Redwood City, Bair Island offers a flat hiking trail with views of the bay and plenty of wildlife. Consisting of three islands separated by sloughs, the islands have a vast array of waterfowl and shorebirds, harbor seals and other wildlife make their home here.

Follow the flat, exposed trail for 1.7 miles to the Middle Bair Island observation deck. Make sure to bring your binoculars and look out for birds like the Ridgeway’s Rail and Western Snowy Plover. Then retrace your steps back to the parking lot. This short, low-grade hike is perfect for a warm, sunny day and wildlife watching.

Information provided by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST).