Tuesday, April 8, 2014
There are three main ways to enter the Preserve. First is from the Embarcadero Road, which will lead you to the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center. This dirt trail offers a close up view of various bird species. It’s one of my favorite places for bird watching and for bird photography. There is also the Duck Pond, but I have only been there a couple of times, mainly because of all the duck poop on the ground.
If you take a right turn at the stop sign, right before entering the Preserve, the road will lead you to Byxbee Park. There is one handicap parking space, and an accessible bathroom. If you enjoy a long hike, this is a great place to start from. You’ll hike past the Mayfield Slough and then eventually see the Charleston Slough.
The third way to enter Baylands Nature Preserve is by taking San Antonio Road. There are a couple handicap parking spots available, and an accessible bathroom. What I like about this entrance is that, not only can you hike along the miles of trails, but you have Adobe Creek on the left of the trail, which is a great place to see the American White Pelican. To the right of the trail you have a viewing platform that gives you a view of the Charleston Slough. The bonus of parking here is that to the right of the parking area is one of the entrances to Shoreline Lake. Another wonderful place for bird watching.
Most of the trails are flat and are made up of hard-packed dirt. The only drawback is that you’ll accumulate a lot of trail dust.
Overall, this is a wonderful place to hike and to enjoy seeing many various types of bird species.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
The trail is multi-use ... joggers, cyclists, parents with strollers, and is wheelchair accessible. Because this trail is so popular, during the weekends the trail can be very crowded and you have to keep aware of cyclists that at times can come zipping by.
Weather can be tricky. Fog at times comes over the mountains and the trail can be cast in a light mist, so plan ahead with extra clothing, just in case.
Overall, I really enjoyed cruising along this beautiful trail, but the best time to enjoy this trail is on a weekday so that you can avoid the crowds.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Old Guadalupe Trail is a wide, paved trail. The reason it isn't labeled an accessible trail, though, is because it goes uphill for about 0.4 miles and doesn't meet the ADA trail guidelines. However, in a power chair this is trail is fine, but for someone in a manual wheelchair, it could be quite the workout.
I also did a hike on Saddle Loop Trail. This is a 2.9-mile trail that winds around part of the mountain and has a great view of San Francisco. This trail, though, is a rough, dirt trail and traveling along it in my power chair became very bumpy at times. Power chairs with small wheels could have trouble in some places and I wouldn't recommend a person in a manual wheelchair to hike it.
I have informed the San Mateo Park Department that Bog Trail is no longer accessible and for asked them to correct their website.
Here is my latest video:
Sunday, February 17, 2013
It can get crowded, especially during the summer months, so I've always had tried to go there in the morning.
Here is my first video of the year, which also includes my song, "Capitola Dreamin."
Monday, October 8, 2012
It is one of my favorite places in Santa Cruz to visit because there is a long, paved walkway which stretches along the coastline, giving you a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean and the beaches below.
You can watch and listen to the seals on Seal Rock, or enjoy watching the surfers as they ride the waves. There are several parking areas near the surfing museum and most of them have at least one handicap parking spot.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
The other accessible trail is the Skyline to the Sea Trail. This 0.28 mile trail much more challenging. The 4-feet-wide trail has an elevation change of 29 feet. At one part of the trail, a couple hikers had to step off the trail in order for me to pass. That said, there is a bridge that has a wonderful view of the creek below, and you can't help but look up in awe at the ancient forest.
There are accessible bathrooms, picnic tables, camping sites, and the park headquarters is also accessible. The park entrance fee is $10.00. You may use the entrance fee receipt for any other state park you visit that day
Sunday, June 10, 2012
For wheelchair users, Francis Beach has a beach wheelchair. It is free to use for up to 2 hours. It was my first time being in a beach wheelchair and, since this was also the first time since I became disabled that I have been on the beach and close to the crashing waves, it was a very special time.
Weather can be foggy, especially during the summer. It was quite windy when I was there in the spring. So plan on bringing extra warm clothing and checking the weather report ahead of time.