Ohlone Loop Trail

California

Ohlone Loop Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Santa Cruz
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: Main St. and Ohlone Pkwy. and Ohlone Pkwy. and Loma Vista
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7294245
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Ohlone Loop Trail Description

The Ohlone Loop Trail offers a birder's paradise in a wetland area of Watsonville on California's central coast. Its location, bordering a residential area, provides easy access for residents to experience the natural habitats of the Struve Slough. Along the 3-mile paved pathway, you might see owls, falcons, hawks, ducks and other waterfowl or raptors.

At the northern end of the trail, cross Main Street to pick up the Upper Struve Slough Trail for further exploring of the scenic waterway. Or, explore a neighboring marsh along the Watsonville Slough Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

On the eastern side of the Struve Slough, access to the Ohlone Loop Trail is available at the Harkins Slough Road and Ohlone Parkway intersection. On the western side of the waterway, parking can be found in the retail areas along Westridge Drive.

Ohlone Loop Trail Reviews

We missed a chance to see a Cuckoo near this trail by a week in 2012. It was only the second time ever that a European Cuckoo has been spotted in the United States and it stayed for a week. People came from all over the States to see it. Even without a Cuckoo, this is a wonderful trail to walk. We saw many water birds in and near the slough and hawks overhead looking for prey. The walk around the slough is green and varied. It is dog friendly (on leash) and accessible for wheelchairs and scooters. It pairs very nicely with the Watsonville Slough Trail. And a visit here should definitely include the Nature Center next to Ramsey Park and at the beginning of the Watsonville Slough Trail.

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