Fay Ranch Road - 0.7 miles east of the preserve
entrance off of Highway 178 find Fay Ranch Road. Turn left to experience this
four mile driving route. Drive slowly but do not block traffic on this country
road. Start at the South Fork School; look on both sides of the road in the
trees, fields and on the telephone wires for many different species.
Audubon owns the land on the left (westside) of the road just
beyond the school and all the way to the end of the forest almost a mile up the
road. It then transitions back and forth between Audubon and California
Department of Fish & Game (DFG) in the flat land beyond the forest on both sides
of the road with a few private parcels on the right.
Passing the cattle guard the paved (and very narrow road)
climbs into the gray pine woodland. Beyond here there is a small parcel owned by
Audubon with the rest owned by the DFG.
Park along the road in small turnouts and walk the road for a
variety of grassland, pine-oak woodland and desert species. The area where there
are houses is private but beyond that you again encounter the upper reaches of
DFG lands. Access to the DFG lands is limited to the roadside. Please only bird
along the road unless special permission has been granted into the preserve or
on private land. Turn around and drive back to Highway 178.