Mare Island Events

Flyway Festival Guided Island Hikes

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schedule after January 25th

for the February 10-12, 2012

Flyway Festival


Friday February 11 – 1:00-3:30 pm Mare Island Western Magazine Area  

This is an annual hike during the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival through the Western Magazine Area of the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve.  This is a level 5.5 mile roundtrip hike through pickleweed and saltmarsh habitat out to Pier 35 on the southern tip of Mare Island.  This is prime salt marsh harvest mouse and clapper rail habitat.  At Pier 35 ospreys nest in the light towers, and there are always lots of  waterfowl in San Pablo Bay.  Group enters through locked gates and must stay together as a group. No early departures. No restroom facilities. Meet at the corner of Nereus and Flagship Dr.  Leader Kenn Browne 707-319-1846

Saturday February 12 – 9:30-11:30 am  Mare Island Historic Southshore  

Hike along the Historic Southshore of Mare Island to Pier 35 for great views of San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait.  Visit the Mare Island Naval Shipyard Cemetery dating from 1858, and see Great Blue Heron and Osprey nests.  This is a level 4 mile roundtrip walk on paved and gravel roads.  Portable restroom at the trailhead only. Group enters locked gates and must stay together as a group with no early departures. Meet at 1595 Railroad Ave. at the south end of Railroad Ave. at the Palmer’s Hut in the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve.  Leader Brian Collett 530-220-3121.

 

Saturday February 12 – 1:00-3:00 pm  Mare Island San Pablo Bay Walking Trail Hike  

This trail was just completed in December and its grand opening is this weekend as part of the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival.   Explore the western edge of Mare Island adjacent to the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  There are 4 miles of new trails that border endangered salt marsh harvest mouse habitat with views of San Pablo Bay, Mt. Tamalpais and Sonoma Mountain.  There are also seasonal wetlands with lots of ducks, shorebirds, egrets and other birds with raptors in the skies above. The trail is flat with 12 interpretive panels and benches, but no restroom facilities. Handicapped accessible trail. Meet in the parking lot at the west end of A Street  (750 Dump Rd.) off Azuar Dr.  Leader Brian Collett 530-220-3121.

  

Sunday February 13 – 9:30-11:30 am  Mare Island Historic Southshore  

Hike along the Historic Southshore of Mare Island to Pier 35 for great views of San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait.  Visit the Mare Island Naval Shipyard Cemetery dating from 1858, and see Great Blue Heron and Osprey nests.  This is a level 4 mile roundtrip walk on paved and gravel roads.  Portable restroom at the trailhead only. Group enters locked gates and must stay together as a group with no early departures. Meet at 1595 Railroad Ave., at the south end of Railroad Ave. at Palmer’s Hut in the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve.  Leader Kenn Browne 707-319-1846.

Osprey in flight at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard

Photo: Steve Farley


Background: Western Magazine on a rare frosty November morning

Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

Photo: Larry Maggini


Guide with Flyway Festival visitors

Photo: Caroline Kopp