There are several places to hike and explore in the Elkhorn Slough.
Visit our Slough Access Map for a full listing of access points.
The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve has 5 miles of hiking trails that meander through a variety of habitats from oak woodlands to mudflats. The Reserve does not allow dogs or bikes on the trails. Click here for a map of the trails.
Moss Landing Wildlife Area
This area located just north of Moss Landing on the East side of Highway 1. There is a short, easy trail that is adjacent to the main channel of the Slough. This is a great spot to watch sea otters, harbor seals, and migrating birds.
There is a Slough-side boardwalk that is the only wheelchair (and stroller) accessible trail at the Slough.
Dog friendly areas
There are many areas (like the Reserve) that do not allow dogs due to bird nesting and other wildlife concerns. See our access map for dog friendly areas. Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge's Dog Brochure lists dog friendly areas in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.