Cosumnes River Walk

Galt, California

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Meander through riparian thickets that border the Cosumnes River, the last unregulated river flowing from the western Sierra Nevada. The broad, slow waterway nourishes habitat for birds in remarkable number and variety. What does a free-flowing California river look like? The Cosumnes River, essentially unobstructed from its headwaters in the Sierra to where it empties into the Mokelumne River and ultimately the Sacramento River delta, will show you. What thrives in the habitats that surround a free-flowing California river? The Cosumnes will show you that, too— from the sandhill cranes, ancient birds with a 7-foot wingspan that stop here in winter, to the riparian thickets and stands of valley oaks that crowd the riverbanks.

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"Meander through riparian thickets that border the Cosumnes River, the last unregulated river flowing from the western Sierra Nevada. The broad, slow waterway nourishes habitat for birds in remarkable number and variety. What does a free-flowing California river look like? The Cosumnes River, essentially unobstructed from its headwaters in the Sierra to where it empties into the Mokelumne River and ultimately the Sacramento River delta, will show you. What thrives in the habitats that surround a free-flowing California river? The Cosumnes will show you that, too— from the sandhill cranes, ancient birds with a 7-foot wingspan that stop here in winter, to the riparian thickets and stands of valley oaks that crowd the riverbanks."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Galt
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring for wildflowers and bird migrations, fall for color and bird migrations.
Local Maps: USGS Bruceville
Driving Directions: Directions to Cosumnes River Walk

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