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California Redwoods

Birding Trail
Del Norte County, California 151. Smith River Mouth
From Hwy 101 at OR/CA border, drive
E nter the realm of the California Redwoods Birding Trail after crossing the state line, a landscape containing 419
recorded species of birds and characterized by majestic redwood groves and coastal lagoons. The major town
is Crescent City, with the Birding Trail extending through the redwoods south to the Klamath River, and east a short
5 mi S to Mouth of Smith River Rd,
turn R, and go 0.5 mi to parking lot.
The Wild and Scenic Smith River, its
distance along the Smith River. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce on Front Street for a more comprehensive 43-site free-flowing waters among the clean-
California Redwoods Birding Trail map and guide. Highlights include Lake Tolowa and Lake Earl near Crescent City; est in the lower 48 states, supports
together they comprise the largest coastal lagoon south of Alaska. Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge is the third large runs of wild salmon. The estu-
largest seabird colony in the Lower 48 states, with 11 species of nesting seabirds. Special birds to watch for are ary and mouth are habitat for a variety
Aleutian Cackling Geese in the verdant fields of the Smith River bottoms and the Northern Spotted Owl in the redwood of year-round resident and migrant
forests. Perhaps the most exciting and unusual site of the entire birding trail is eight nautical miles to the west of birds including Common and Pacific
Crescent City on Saint George Reef—a pelagic site and home to the Saint George Reef Lighthouse. A visit by boat Loon, Brown Pelican, Western Grebe,
will delight you with views of Black-footed Albatross, Sooty Shearwater, and Rhinoceros auklet. Double-crested Cormorant, and West-
ern and Glaucous-winged Gull. The
estuary is the best spot in the county
to see Snowy Egret, Black-crowned
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yellowlegs, dowitchers and sandpip-
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Red-shouldered Hawk and Peregrine
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Eurasian Wigeon, Tundra Swan, and
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Bald Eagle, Great Egret, Snowy Egret,
Great Blue Heron, and Aleutian Cack-
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drive 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith River, er, turn R on Lake Earl Dr, then first Kellogg Rd
turn R on Lake Earl Dr, then first R on R on Bailey, first L on Mosley, turn L
Bailey, first L on Mosley, turn R at T on at T on Lower Lake Rd and turn R

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parking area. L. Bear left at 0.1 and 0.6 mi from
The Smith River bottomlands during T and continue straight for 2.4 mi to
spring migration offer the spectacle end and park. Lake
Tolowa
of thousands of Aleutian Cackling Lake Tolowa and Lake Earl comprise
Goose, an Endangered Species Act the West’s largest coastal lagoon 154 Lake
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success story, grazing in the fields. south of Alaska and form the heart
Look in trees bordering the pasture- of 11,000 acres of protected land.
lands for roosting Great Egret and This is a designated California Im- 155
Great Blue Heron and an occasional portant Bird Area with 300 bird spe-
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crowned Night-heron often roost on mouth. See American and Pacific
the opposite shore. A colony of Bank Golden-Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, West Washington Blvd
Swallow and all seven species of Wilson’s Snipe, Western Sandpiper, Pe
swallows including Purple Martin oc- Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, and bble
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Winter storms with


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dress appropriately for
inclement weather.

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157. Point St. George ing ground. See spectacular fly-offs
From Hwy 101 S in Crescent City, at dawn. View the Rock upclose by
take Washington Blvd exit W. From charter, see St. George Reef (Pelagic
Hwy 101 N take Parkway Dr exit, site) description.
turn W on Washington Blvd to Pebble
Beach Dr, follow curve to R and park ACEFGHK
in any turnout on L, or drive 1.1 mi Sponsor: Aleutian Goose Festival
to parking lot.
Look northwest to see the St. George
Reef Lighthouse built after the wreck
of the steamer (Brother Johnathan) in
1865. Find Black-legged Kittiwake,
Marbled Murrelet, Rock Sandpiper,
Sanderling, Surfbird, Tufted Puffin,
Rhinoceros Auklet, Aleutian Cackling
Goose, Northern Harrier, Western
Meadowlark, American Pipit, Cliff
Swallow, Lapland Longspur, and
Savannah Sparrow, rarely a Black-

PHOTO BY: Don Munson


footed Albatross. At winter’s dusk,
look for a Short-eared Owl in the

PHOTO BY: Lois Miller


grasslands to the east of the park-
ing lot.
AEFG
Sponsor: Elk Valley Rancheria Allen's Hummingbird
Bald Eagle 158. Castle Rock National
Wildlife Refuge
155. Lake Earl Coastal 156. Lake Earl Coastal From Hwy 101 S in Crescent City, 159. Pebble Beach Drive
take Washington Blvd exit W. From From Hwy 101 in Crescent City, go
Lagoon Trail Lagoon Boat Launch W on 9th St to Pebble Beach Dr, turn
From Hwy 101 at the OR/CA border, From Hwy 101 at the OR/CA border, Hwy 101 N, take Parkway Dr exit,
turn W on Washington Blvd and pro- L or R for birding and coastal access
drive 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith Riv- drive 10.5 mi S, cross the Smith Riv- (Brother Jonathan Overlook to L, most
er, turn R on Lake Earl Dr, and follow er, turn R on Lake Earl Dr and follow ceed to coast turning S or NW to ac-
cess pullouts. of Pebble Beach Dr to R).
S 4.6 mi to parking lot on R. 5.5 mi S. Turn R on Lakeview Dr and Best birded by car and with a spot-
A 1-mile loop trail traverses coastal go 0.8 mi to boat launch. Castle Rock, part of the National
Wildlife Refuge System, is the sec- ting scope, Pebble Beach Drive
sitka spruce/grand fir forest, where Alive with waterfowl from fall-spring, boasts beautiful beaches, abundant
views of Lake Earl and Brush and fluctuating water level ensures ond largest seabird colony in Califor-
nia and third largest in the Lower 48 tidepools and superb viewing of
Jordan Creek estuaries may reveal ever-changing bird variety, includ- shorebirds including Rock Sandpiper,
flocks of waterfowl or shorebirds in ing Virginia Rail, Sora, Common states. Spotting scopes are strongly
recommended to view this large Willet, Wandering Tattler, Whimbrel,
migration, with Bald Eagle and Per- Snipe, Black Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone,
egrine Falcon interspersed. In the Common Yellowthroat, Red-winged offshore island from the pullout or
hike to bluff top. Eleven seabird and Surfbird. Watch for Bar-tailed
marshes see Northern Harrier, Great Blackbird, Peregrine Falcon, and Godwit at Marhoffer Creek. During
Egret, Green Heron, Common Yellow- Red-shouldered Hawk. Band-tailed species breed here: 80,000+ Com-
mon Murre, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, spring and fall migration, watch and
throat, and Marsh Wren. Find Ameri- Pigeon frequent nearby spruce trees. listen for all species of swallows, also
can Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Sora in Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Cassin’s Auklet, Brandt’s Cormorant,
Western Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Pe- sparrows, pipits, blackbirds, crows
winter. When lagoon level recedes, Gadwall, Virginia Rail, American Coot, and ravens. Scope offshore rocks and
mudflats support large numbers of Marsh Wren, and an isolated colony lagic Cormorant, Rhinoceros Auklet,
Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, Black Oys- surf for Brown Pelican, Brandt’s and
shorebirds, mostly sandpipers and of Western Grebe breed at the la- Pelagic Cormorant, Black Scoter, and
Long and Short-billed Dowitcher. goon. tercatcher, and Tufted Puffin. May to
July is the best time to experience Common Murre. At Brother Jonathan
AEFGH CEFGHK breeding activity. In late-March Overlook S of 9th Street watch gray
Sponsor: Flight Feathers Wild Sponsor: Lake Earl Audubon annual Aleutian Goose Festival: A whales in winter.
Bird Rescue Branch/Redwood Region Celebration of Wildness in Cres- CEFGK
Audubon Society cent City coincides with thousands Sponsor: Elk Valley Rancheria
of Aleutian Cackling Geese using
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160. Battery Point ate an excellent spot for Western, and Rhinoceros Auklet in the late beach at Wilson Creek, turn R into
Lighthouse Glaucous-winged, Mew, California, fall. Spring to fall, Marbled and An- Trail parking lot.
From Hwy 101 in Crescent City, turn Heermann’s and Herring Gull. This cient Murrelet are often seen. Watch Easy access to the Pacific Ocean on
W on Front St to A St, turn L and go location is seasonal for Caspian Tern, gray whale migration in winter. From a hiking trail through coastal willow
2 blocks to Battery Point parking lot. and best local spot for Elegant Tern. Citizens Dock Road see harbor seal and brush to an incredible view of a
The lighthouse is accessible only at Also good for Black-crowned Night- and California sea lion. Surf Scoter, large seastack, False Klamath Rock,
low tide. Heron, Western Grebe, Osprey, Great Harlequin Duck, Black and Ruddy which is home to the fourth largest
Spectacular location with views of Egret, Red Phalarope, Whimbrel and Turnstone, Surfbird, Willet, Whimbrel, seabird breeding colony on the Cali-
the harbor, rocky coastline, and Pa- Sanderling. Walk the trail upstream Brown Pelican, and Double-crested fornia coast. More than 25,000 Com-
cific Ocean from the longest con- for rarities including Least Tern. Cormorant are common among the mon Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and
tinually occupied lighthouse on the Walking distance to North Coast Ma- docks. Good for Brandt’s and Pe- Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorant nest
West Coast (seasonal tours). Good rine Mammal Center, Redwood Na- lagic Cormorant, Greater and Lesser on the rock. Surfbird, Brown Pelican,
for Heermann’s Gull, Brown Pelican, tional Park Headquarters, Shoreline Scaup, Bufflehead, and Red-breasted Black Oystercatcher, and Black Turn-
Osprey, Caspian Tern, Black Oys- RV Park, Ocean World and Cultural Merganser. Occasional Long-tailed stone are common in surf and tidal
tercatcher, Wandering Tattler, Black Center, where Chamber of Com- Duck, Osprey, Merlin, and Peregrine areas.
merce Visitor Center stocks Alan D. Falcon. Gulls commonly include
Turnstone, and Surfbird. Rarely, spot
Barron’s A Birdfinding Guide to Del Western, Glaucous-winged, Heer- ACEFGH
a Rock Sandpiper. Fish or crab with-
out a license or bird on nearby ADA- Norte County. mann’s in June or July, Mew, Califor-

PHOTO BY: Dave Ledig/US Fish&Wildlife


accessible B Street Pier. nia, Herring, or Ringed-bill in winter,
ABCEFGHK and occasional Thayer’s or Glaucous.
CEFGK Sponsor: City of Crescent City Terns are usually Caspian, but may
Sponsor: Del Norte County 162. Crescent City Harbor include Elegant.
Historical Society From Hwy 101 in S Crescent City, ACEFGK
161. Elk Creek Mouth turn W into the harbor on Anchor Way Sponsor: Aleutian Goose Festival
From Hwy 101 and Front St in Cres- or Citizens Dock Rd, and proceed to
cent City, go 0.3 mi W on Front St, parking. 163. St. George Reef
turn S on Stamps Way into Beachfront At Anchor Way, the sandy expanse (Pelagic Site)
Park, and go 0.15 mi to Howe Dr. Elk of South Beach is favored by resting Six to 11 Nautical mi WNW of Cres- Pigeon Guillemot
Creek is to L approx 100 yards, next Sanderling and Whimbrel. From the cent City Harbor. The St. George Reef
to paved bike/ped trail. top of Whaler’s Island spot Common Lighthouse is at the NW edge of the
Loon, Western Grebe, Surf Scoter, Sponsor: Trees of Mystery
Estuary and expansive tidal flats cre- reef, at approximately 41° 50’ 13” N,
124° 22’ 30” W. 165. Klamath River Overlook
This is a pelagic (open ocean) area From Hwy 101 & Front St in Cres-
providing a doubly unique experi- cent City, drive S 17.7 mi, turn W on
ence: rarely seen open-ocean spe- Requa Rd, and follow uphill 2.3 mi to
cies and close-up of the St. George Klamath River Overlook.
Reef Lighthouse, completed in 1892. One of the north coast’s most spec-
Best visited spring to fall to see Black tacular views is from 600 feet above
Footed Albatross, shearwaters, auk- the river mouth.
lets, jaegers, and Ancient and Mar- Scope Bald Eagle, Osprey, American
bled Murrelet. Guided trips available Kestrel, Common and Pacific Loon,
during the Aleutian Goose Festival Red-necked and Western Grebe, Surf
(late March/early April, www.aleutian- Scoter, and Black-legged Kittiwake.
goosefestival.org) and through the Common Murre and Pigeon Guillemot
Siskiyou Field Institute (www.thesfi. are seen in breeding season. Hillside
org.) Charters may also be available below overlook is alive in spring with
at the Crescent City Harbor. Allen’s Hummingbird, Wrentit, and Or-
H ange-crowned Warbler. May to June
Sponsor: Bicoastal Media watch for migrating Black Swift among
Vaux’s Swift and swallows. A steep
164. Lagoon Creek Coastal
PHOTO BY: Lois Miller

trail near the parking lot entrance


Trail and False Klamath Cove winds far down the bluff to a viewing
From Hwy 101 & Front St in Crescent platform, best place to spot seals, sea
City, drive S 14 mi through Del Norte lions, and whales. The ancestral ter-
Redwoods State Park. Past the ocean ritory of the Yurok people (People of
the Salmon) extends from the mouth
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40 miles upriver. They are the largest 167. Howland Hill Road
California tribe with continuous oc- From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City,
cupancy of their aboriginal lands and take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi,
still maintain sovereign rights to fish continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How-
in traditional ways for salmon. land Hill Rd, turn R and cross two
ACEFGK bridges. After 2nd bridge, bear R and
Sponsor: Trees of Mystery bird along 10-mi dirt road connecting
Hiouchi and Crescent City.
166. Klamath River Mouth This is an old wagon road that twists
From Hwy 101 & Front St in Crescent through the heart of old-growth red-
City, drive S 21 mi, cross Klamath wood forest and provides access to
River, turn R past end of bridge on Mill Creek and several hiking trails.
Watch for American Dipper, Common

Photo BY: Ron Green


Klamath Beach Rd, 0.3 mi to Stop
sign, turn L, and use turnouts on right Merganser or Osprey from the bridge
to view river area. At 3.2 mi, park over Mill Creek. Look and listen for
on R shoulder before gated road at tiny Winter Wren and Swainson’s
Yurok Ceremonial Dancing Grounds, or Varied Thrush along the densely
walk through Dancing Grounds to wooded roadside. You may see or
beach trail, or at 3.5 mi, view mouth hear Marbled Murrelet, Barred Owl, Ospreys
from overlook on R. Pileated Woodpecker, Vaux’s Swift,
Along the lower river, almost any Wilson’s Warbler, Pacific-slope Fly-
duck is possible, especially in win- catcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch. A short side Spotted Sandpiper, Band-tailed Pi-
ter including Wood Duck, Mallard, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. trail leads from the grove to the banks geon, Common Raven, and Warbling
Green-winged Teal, Common Mer- ACEFGK of the Smith River and the mouth of Vireo. In spring, catch an early morn-
ganser, Bufflehead, and Greater Sponsor: Elk Valley Rancheria Mill Creek. Survey the river corridor ing glimpse of Marbled Murrelet along
Scaup. Watch river bars or treeline for Common Merganser, Harlequin the river corridor as they fly above the
for Bald Eagle and Osprey. Estu- Duck, American Dipper, Belted-King- treetops to and from the ocean.
ary attracts large flocks of Western fisher, and Osprey.
and Glaucous-winged Gull, Double- ABCDEFGH
crested Cormorants, often hundreds ACEFGK Sponsor: Redwood National and
of Brown Pelican and Heermann’s Sponsor: Redwood National and State Parks
Gull interspersed with Caspian and State Parks
170. South Fork Road
Elegant Tern. Common Raven rest on 169. Jedediah Smith From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City,
PHOTO BY: Lois Miller

the beach or driftwood. On the ocean


side is a haulout for harbor seals Redwoods State Park take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi,
Campground continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How-
and California sea lion. Watch for land Hill Rd, turn R and cross two
Common, Pacific, and Red-throated N of Crescent City on Hwy 101, take
Hwy 199 E 4 mi to Jedediah Smith bridges. After second bridge, bear left
Loon, Western Grebe, Surf Scoter, on South Fork Rd.
and Black-legged Kittiwake in win- Redwood State Park Campground,
Black Phoebe entrance on R. On the next 14 miles, view and access
ter. Scope for Marbled and Ancient the Smith River, and pass through
Murrelet. River otters glide and feed Beautiful campground among tow-
along the edge.
168. Stout Grove, Jedediah ering redwoods nestled in a curve creekside riparian areas and varying
Smith Redwoods State Park of the Wild and Scenic Smith River. forest types for good birding, espe-
ABEFGK From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City, Possible sightings throughout the cially during warmer months. Look
Sponsor: Green Diamond take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi, campground and day-use area in- for Band-tailed Pigeon, Olive-sided
Resource Company continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How- clude Vaux’s Swift, Hairy and Pile- Flycatcher, Western Wood Pewee,
land Hill Rd, turn R and cross two ated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Violet-green
bridges. After 2nd bridge, bear R Olive-sided and Pacific-slope Fly- Swallow, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-
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onto Howland Hill Rd, and drive 2.4 catcher, Western Wood-pewee, Gray backed Chickadee, American Dipper
mi to the grove. Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, (at bridges) Golden-crowned Kinglet,
A ½-mile loop trail is an easy walk in Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Gold- and Cassin’s, Hutton’s and Warbling
a majestic grove of ancient redwoods, en-crowned Kinglet, Hutton’s Vireo, Vireo. In winter, see breeding Purple
among the first areas protected Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s, Hermit, Finch, Red Crossbill, and Pine Siskin.
by Save-the-Redwoods League in and Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tana- K
California. Forest species include ger, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, and Sponsor: Flockfinders (Alan D.
Marbled Murrelet, Swainson’s and Pine Siskin. Along the river look for Barron)
Varied Thrush, Winter Wren, and Common Merganser, Turkey Vulture,
Red-breasted Nuthatch

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171. Gasquet-Orleans
(GO) Road
From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City,
take Hwy 199 E 4.5 mi to Hiouchi,
continue 1.5 mi to South Fork/How-
land Hill Rd, turn R, and cross two
bridges. After second bridge, bear left

Photo BY: Richard Cronberg


on South Fork Rd and continue 14
mi to turnoff for GO Rd and a hard
R across river bridge. Follow until the
road ends at trailhead for Siskiyou
Wilderness. Road subject to winter
closure.
The GO Rd was planned for log-
ging access and a paved road from Golden-crowned Sparrow

Photo BY: Ron Green


Del Norte County to the tiny town of
Orleans on the Klamath River. Con- tanoak dominated forest. Watch for miles to the Young’s Valley/Sanger
struction was halted to protect sacred Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s and Lake trail marker. Drive R 1.5 mi to
sites for the Karuk, Hoopa, and Yurok Hutton’s Vireo, and Black-throated Young’s Valley Trail or L 0.5 mi to
tribes. Make frequent stops for best Gray and Hermit Warbler during the Sanger Lake.
birding, including Northern Pygmy- breeding season. Northern Pygmy- The high country has serpentine soils
owl, Common Nighthawk, Hairy and Double-crested Cormorant
owl are in the area and often attract that host a unique variety of endemic
Pileated Woodpecker, Bushtit, and the harsh calls of Bushtit, Wrentit, plants and trees, which support spe-
Red-breasted Nuthatch. Ruffed and 172. Knopki Creek Road Nashville, and MacGillivray’s War- cies of birds that are otherwise rare
Blue Grouse, Mountain Quail, Flam- From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City, bler, and Spotted Towhee. Good high to the region. Old-growth cedars and
mulated Owl, Saw-whet Owl, White- take Hwy 199 E to the town of Gas- country candidates are Mountain fir host Brown Creeper, Mountain
headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s quet. From the small white Smith Quail and Ruffed Grouse. The alder- Chickadee, Cassin’s Finch, and Dark-
and Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, River NRA visitor center on L, con- and maple-lined creeks and riparian eyed Junco. Watch for Red-breasted
and Hermit Warbler breed along this tinue 15.4 mi to graveled Knopki areas attract swallowtail and sisters Sapsucker and White-headed Wood-
route. This area has easiest and best Creek Rd (18N07), turn R. Bird along butterflies in the hottest weather. pecker. Rarities include Northern
places to see the Siskiyou/Klamath this ascending road for 13.4 miles Goshawk and Golden Eagle. Wild-
endemic weeping Brewer’s spruce, a to the Young’s Valley/Sanger Lake KL flowers and hummingbirds abound in
relict species from the last ice age. trail marker. Road subject to winter Sponsor: Flockfinders (Alan D. late summer in Young’s Valley, one of
Barron)
AKL closure. the jewels of the Siskiyou Wilderness.
Sponsor: California Wilderness A scenic route into the Smith River Many wonderful backpacking routes
Coalition National Recreation Area to view high begin at this trailhead. Tiny Sanger
elevation birds, the first few miles Lake attracts thirsty wildlife on warm
climb through a Douglas-fir and days.
ABKL
Sponsor: California Wilderness
Photo BY: Lois Miller

Coalition

Savannah Sparrow

173. Young’s Valley


Photo BY: Richard Cronberg

and Sanger Lake


From Hwy 101 N of Crescent City Photo BY: Lois Miller

take Hwy 199 E to the town of Gas-


quet. From the small white Smith
River NRA visitor center on L continue
15.4 mi to the graveled Knopki Creek
Rd (18N07) and turn R, drive 13.4
Bonaparte's Gull Black-throated Gray Warbler
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