Thomas Guide: 1230: G-7
Old Mission Dam is a favorite destination among birders all year round. A nice variety of resident birds are present, such as California Thrasher, Western Meadowlark, Wrentit, Bewick’s Wren, and Nuttall’s Woodpecker. This bird walk will cover varied terrain and focus on riparian woodland around the historic dam and the nearby grassland. Spring migrants and summer visitors will also be sought, such as Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Western Kingbird, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Blue Grosbeak. Porta-potty at the trailhead.
Directions: From Interstate 15, go east on Route 52. Exit at Mast Blvd. and turn left to West Hills Parkway. Turn right and go south about ¾ miles to Mission Gorge Road. Turn right again and go 0.2 miles and then merge right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Proceed 0.7 miles to the Old Mission Dam parking lot. Park there, or on the Serra Trail Rd. as the signs indicate.