Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Loop

Sacramento, California

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Follow elevated maintenance roads on a long loop through the 16,700-acre Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Sacramento’s west side, sharing the wetlands, grasslands and rice fields with countless birds. For decades the levee-bound rice fields and remnants of wetlands on the south side of the interstate on Sacramento’s western border were little more than a curiosity for motorists speeding by. Now they are a destination for hikers, birders, and hunters. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s seasonal and permanent wetlands, grasslands, and riparian zones are also a destination for birdlife of all descriptions, from the commonly seen mallard duck and red-winged blackbird to the more exotic peregrine falcon, great blue heron and Swainson’s hawk. It is a major waypoint on the Pacific Flyway, so no matter the season, venturing into the wildlife area will involve bird watching, birdcall, and bird wonder.
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by Tracy Salcedo- Chourre (Falcon Guides)

Follow elevated maintenance roads on a long loop through the 16,700-acre Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Sacramento’s west side, sharing the wetlands, grasslands and rice fields with countless birds.

For decades the levee-bound rice fields and remnants of wetlands on the south side of the interstate on Sacramento’s western border were little more than a curiosity for motorists speeding by. Now they are a destination for hikers, birders, and hunters.

The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s seasonal and permanent wetlands, grasslands, and riparian zones are also a destination for birdlife of all descriptions, from the commonly seen mallard duck and red-winged blackbird to the more exotic peregrine falcon, great blue heron and Swainson’s hawk. It is a major waypoint on the Pacific Flyway, so no matter the season, venturing into the wildlife area will involve bird watching, birdcall, and bird wonder.

© 2012 Tracy Salcedo- Chourre/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sacramento
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: California Department of Fish and Game, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 Yolo CR 32B (Chiles Road), Davis 95618; (530) 757-2461; www .dfg .ca .gov/lands/wa/region3/ yolo/index .html
Local Maps: USGS Sacramento West CA; online at www .yolobasin .org
Driving Directions: Directions to Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Loop

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