Loop Trail

Rio Linda, California

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The relative wildness of the Dry Creek riparian corridor and a patch of bird-filled marshland bookend pastures and paddocks at Gibson Ranch County Park. A circumnavigation of Gibson Ranch captures in a snapshot the meshing of natural, agricultural, and suburban worlds. The richness of the riparian zone along Dry Creek backs up to pastures and paddocks, pastures back up to the fenced-off backyards of neighborhood homes, and a birdsong-filled marsh backs up to farm roads and a radio tower. The park’s perimeter trail encompasses all this diversity and more. The route begins in the Dry Creek riparian corridor, a northwestern Sacramento greenbelt that is the subject of ongoing restoration efforts and plans to extend a multiuse path along its length. Contrary to its name, Dry Creek runs year-round. Within the park it is an inviting waterway bordered by oaks, cottonwoods, buckeyes, and tangled figs. Side trails drop to sandy beaches where you can wade or skip stones.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Sacramento

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Sacramento

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)

The relative wildness of the Dry Creek riparian corridor and a patch of bird-filled marshland bookend pastures and paddocks at Gibson Ranch County Park. A circumnavigation of Gibson Ranch captures in a snapshot the meshing of natural, agricultural, and suburban worlds. The richness of the riparian zone along Dry Creek backs up to pastures and paddocks, pastures back up to the fenced-off backyards of neighborhood homes, and a birdsong-filled marsh backs up to farm roads and a radio tower. The park’s perimeter trail encompasses all this diversity and more. The route begins in the Dry Creek riparian corridor, a northwestern Sacramento greenbelt that is the subject of ongoing restoration efforts and plans to extend a multiuse path along its length. Contrary to its name, Dry Creek runs year-round. Within the park it is an inviting waterway bordered by oaks, cottonwoods, buckeyes, and tangled figs. Side trails drop to sandy beaches where you can wade or skip stones.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Rio Linda
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Rio Linda
Driving Directions: Directions to Loop Trail

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