River Walk Trail Cosumnes River Preserve

Galt, California

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The Cosumnes River is one of the few undammed rivers flowing from the Sierra Nevada into the Great Valley. Because its floodplain has been less developed than other valley rivers, the Cosumnes River Preserve provides an important opportunity for naturalists and scientists, as well as the general public, to study and enjoy the Great Valley as it once was. The River Walk Trail visits two rare Great Valley plant communities—riparian forest and freshwater marsh. These highly productive and rich habitats support more than 200 species of birds, including greater sandhill cranes and numerous other waterfowl. Birding and viewing wildlife are particular treats along the River Walk Trail. The preserve currently encompasses about 46,000 acres and is jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ducks Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Game, and other agencies.

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"The Cosumnes River is one of the few undammed rivers flowing from the Sierra Nevada into the Great Valley. Because its floodplain has been less developed than other valley rivers, the Cosumnes River Preserve provides an important opportunity for naturalists and scientists, as well as the general public, to study and enjoy the Great Valley as it once was. The River Walk Trail visits two rare Great Valley plant communities—riparian forest and freshwater marsh. These highly productive and rich habitats support more than 200 species of birds, including greater sandhill cranes and numerous other waterfowl. Birding and viewing wildlife are particular treats along the River Walk Trail. The preserve currently encompasses about 46,000 acres and is jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ducks Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Game, and other agencies."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Galt
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best: Fall, dawn or dusk in the summer
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Cosumnes River Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ducks Unlimited and California Department of Fish and Game
Local Maps: USGS Bruceville

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Jun 2018