Moss Landing Travel Guide

  • Restaurants
    by Ewingjr98
  • Restaurants
    by Ewingjr98
  • Restaurants
    by Ewingjr98

Moss Landing Things to Do

  • Moss Landing Harbor

    Moss Landing Harbor is operated by the Moss Landing Harbor District, which falls under control of the State of California, and it is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. This harbor is the largest commercial fishing harbor in Monterey Bay, and it hosts a large number of recreational and research vessels. During our last visit to Moss Landing,...

    more
  • Moss Landing Power Plant

    The Moss Landing Power Plant was originally constructed in 1949, but all of the original units were decommissioned in 1995. Two newer generation units, along with the existing landmark 180 foot-tall cooling towers, were built in 1964, and are still in use today. In 2002 two additional generation units were completed, making the plant's total...

    more
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine...

    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a 1400-acre laboratory for scientific research and estuarine education. It is one of just 26 National Estuarine Research Reserves nationwide and is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. The reserve has a...

    more
  • Moss Landing Wildlife Area

    Moss Landing Wildlife Reserve Area is a 728-acre state wildlife area comprised mainly of salt ponds controlled by tidal gates. This reserve is known for its shorebirds, the brown pelican roosting areas, as a pupping location for harbor seals, and a roosting area for terns and endangered snowy plovers. Some 200 acres of this area were used as salt...

    more
  • Moss Landing State Beach

    Rare free State Beach has tidal mud flats, sandy beaches, access to the jetty, and views of the marina. Animals here include migrant shorebirds and terns, Snowy Plover, tons of sea otters, and a few dozen harbor seals. This is a good spot for fishing, windsurfing, surfing, picnics, horseback riding, and birdwatching. Best of all: it's free!

    more
  • Sea Otters in the Harbor

    Sea otters are cuter, skinnier, and much quieter than their cousins the sea lion. Unfortunately, they are also smaller and more shy, therefore more difficult to spot. During my last visit to Moss Landing, we saw three otters floating in a calm area at the back of the Marina near the Hwy 1-Moss Landing Road intersection, and we saw several more in...

    more
  • Moss Landing--the Town

    Moss landing is such a small town (under 800 residents), it's hard to believe there is much of interest here. Believe it or not, Moss Landing is not only home to a huge marina and a fishing fleet, but also the area's largest power plant, some 20 antique shops, a thriving agricultural industry featuring lots of artichokes, Moss Landing State Beach,...

    more
  • Moss Landing's annual Antique Street...

    More than 200 dealers and 20 permanent antique shops spread down almost half a mile of the main street through Moss Landing. They also have a section of about 10 food booths, many of the same which vend at the Monterey Farmers Market. The street is closed to traffic and junk booths line both sides. Entrance is $5...first time in my life I've ever...

    more
  • Moss Landing Farms in the Salinas Valley

    Moss Landing is on the Salinas River at the end of the farm country of the Salinas Valley. At just 80 miles long, this valley is much smaller than the more famous San Joaquin Valley, but very important to the local economy. Salinas Valley is famous for its artichokes, lettuce, broccoli, celery, strawberries, tomatoes, and has an expanding grape and...

    more
  • Moss Landing Marina

    Moss Landing Municipal Marina and the Elkhorn Yacht Club are two of the large marinas in Moss Landing. They offer fuel, launch ramps, guest docks, rest-rooms, showers, pumpout stations, laundry, and trailer/RV parking for boaters. VT member Atufft says he has purchased fresh fish off the fishing boats in the marina.

    more
  • Browse the Nautical Antiques

    Moss Landing has several antique shops that clearly specialize in marine junk, judged by the stuff standing outside some of the stores. It would be well worthwhile to take a moment and browse these places before leaving town. Most of these storefronts are interesting from an architecture point of view as they are pretty old buildings by and large.

    more
  • Buy Fresh Fish...

    We typically take a look at Phil's (see tip on Phil's) during our visit, and then drive around to the docks to see who's selling fish from the boats. Only a few small fisherman still exist, but their bargains can be very good when fresh of the boat. My wife bought a whole halibut, had it scaled and cut-up, and our ice-chest filled with ice for the...

    more

Moss Landing Restaurants

  • The Whole Enchilada

    I have been hearing great things about the Whole Enchilada for quite sometime, so on a recent trip to Elkhorn Slough, we decided to stop here to fuel up before our walk. I knew exactly where the restaurant was located, because we often stop just across the street to watch the otters play in the marina. Upon entering the courtyard and patio areas,...

    more
  • Phil's Fish Market

    I first heard of Phil's in the Monterey County Weekly where it was named best restaurant in the northern part of the county. VT member Atufft also had rave reviews for this seafood restaurant in tiny, bay side Moss Landing. I finally made a trip to try this restaurant in April 2007, and I was very impressed with the food, atmosphere, and the huge...

    more
  • The Haute Enchilada

    This funky little Mexican cafe on Moss Landing has a small indoor dining area and a large outdoor patio heated by open fires and heat lamps. The entire restaurant is very quirky with bright colors, odd art, leather chairs, even a book shelf outside with a variety of reading material. We had a great little breakfast here, bacon and egg bagel...

    more

Moss Landing Transportation

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Five Fingers Loop trail 4 more images

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 29, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I went to Elkhorn Slough more for the hiking experience than to see wildlife. Sure I saw a lot of birds, a bunch of crabs, and a mule deer, but I also just like different scenery. When I arrived at the visitors center just two hours before closing, I knew my options were limited, so I paid my $2.50 and asked for some hiking suggestions. The knowledgeable lady at the desk recommended the 2.2 mile South Marsh Loop Trail, walked counterclockwise with a quick 0.3 mile side trip to Hummingbird Island. She said this would take about two hours. I walked this scenic route with a mix of ponds, marsh, hardwoods, railroad tracks, and a often flooded levee, stopping often for photos and to peer through the binoculars, but was back at the big barn in just one hour and fifteen minutes.

    With 45 more minutes until closing, I decided to see just how much more hiking I could squeeze in. I started off on a fast clip down the Five Fingers Loop Trail, a 1.1 mile loop that passes through eucalyptus grove, past a bird watching blind, still had plenty of time so I continued on. I next began to walk the Long Valley Loop Trail, a 0.8 mile trail through lots of tall reeds of some kind, plus a boardwalk out to Parsons Slough. I was back at the visitors center about 10 minutes before closing, so I took a quick stroll through their exhibits then was on my way home.

    The last two stretches of trail had far less wildlife than the South Marsh Loop, so I can see why that is the recommended route. Overall the trails are all very easy to walk, most are wide vehicle paths, except on Hummingbird Island, where the trails are much more narrow.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Instant Answers: Moss Landing

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

86 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Moss Landing
Map of Moss Landing

View all Moss Landing hotels