The Cosumnes Wetlands Walk... a one mile paved or boarded walkway that allows a person to get out into the vernal pools and observe the sloughs.
The Cosumnes River Walk... a three mile meandering hike through mature valley oaks, acres of grasslands, and a riparian habitat facing the river.
Because this is a riparian habitat and this river is uncontrolled, there is going to be seasonal flooding. This is not a big deal... it is the flooding that gives this preserve its unique personality.
The Cosumnes River walk is open year round. So, during the rainy season, caution should be taken due to the flooding. Some trails will always be open... just expect wet, muddy conditions if it is raining.
80 Miles From The Ocean
Another type of flooding that occurs on a regular basis is the normal tidal action that effects all ocean exposed waterways. Although this preserve is around 80 miles inland from the Pacific, it has some elevation levels that are only around 3' above sea level.
Therefore, a 6-foot tidal action can be observed at designated points depending on the time of the year. It is pretty cool to be standing out in the middle of nowhere and watch the tide come in and go out.
ocean tidal action.
If you are looking for some sunsets in the evening, the wetlands walk is the way to go. The walk takes you toward the west, and the area is open to a good vista.
You will have a good chance of seeing bird watchers on this trail. This walk is a nice little loop that lets you stretch your legs and gives you a chance to view over 250 species of birds depending on the time of year.
Multiple Species Of Birds
Some of the more well-known species include the:
The Cosumnes River Walk trail is a dirt trail, but it is level. Depending on the time of year, it is mostly dry. There are several paths to choose from, but they just loop around so it really does not matter which trail you take. However, there is only one way in and one way out. Take your time, stop and explore... and smell the smells.
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