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Biking and bird-watching at the Bay's edge in Mountain View.

The Shoreline at Mountain View, a 544-acre recreation and wildlife area, hugs San Francisco Bay's south edge. Levees stretch into the marshes, and perhaps the best way to get out for birding and bay views is on a bicycle. Now a new link takes you to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's Crittenden Marsh. At the park entrance, you can get a free bird list and a map showing some 4 miles of paved pathway and 3 miles of graded levees. Bike or hike to three main marsh areas and see avocets, curlews, dowitchers, and egrets (bring binoculars). To reach Crittenden from the gatehouse, turn right at the first junction onto an unpaved trail, then bear right for 2 miles. Start early to avoid afternoon breezes.

The shoreline park also has a golf course, boating lake, and launch ramps (launch fee $3). About 35 miles south of San Francisco in Mountain View, it is open daylight hours (free); to get there, take U.S. 101 (Bayshore Freeway) to the Stierline Road exit and go north about a mile.
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Date:Jun 1, 1985
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