National Wildlife Refuge System

7376 S. Wolfson Rd
Los Banos, CA, 93635
Phone: 209-826-3508
E-mail: sean_brophy@fws.gov

CHESTER MARSH TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 1 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Admin Road

Special Features

  • Open Feb 15 to Sept 15
  • Travels around permanent marsh
  • Passes historic ferry crossing on San Joaquin River
  • Access trailhead from Waterfowl Auto Tour Route


KESTERSON UNIT TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 6.22 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.4
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel/dirt

Special Features

  • Entire unit open to free roaming on foot
  • Open Feb 15 - Sept 15
  • Entrance from Hwy 140



RACCOON MARSH

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.3 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Admin road/compacted gravel

Special Features

  • Access trailhead from West Bear Creek Auto Tour Route





SOUSA MARSH TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 1 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Admin Road

Special Features

  • Elevated observation platform
  • Spectacular waterbird viewing fall thru spring
  • Access trailhead from Waterfowl Auto Tour Route



TULE ELK AUTO TOUR ROUTE

Trail Information

  • Length: 5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Compacted gravel

Special Features

  • Open year-round
  • Tour around an 800-acre enclosure with herd of Tule elk
  • Vehicles only - no pedestrians



UPLAND NATURE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Compacted gravel

Special Features

  • Access trailhead from Visitor Center
  • Travels through maze of quail bush




WATERFOWL AUTO TOUR ROUTE

Trail Information

  • Length: 8.5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Compacted gravel

Special Features

  • Open year-round
  • Meanders through wetland and upland habitat
  • Vehicle traffic only - no pedestrians
  • Access to multiple trails


WEST BEAR CREEK AUTO TOUR ROUTE

Trail Information

  • Length: 2.25 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Compacted gravel

Special Features

  • Open year-round
  • Entrance from HWY 165
  • Best viewing late winter through spring
  • Vehicle traffic only - no pedestrians
  • Access to multiple trails

WETLAND NATURE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.8 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Compacted gravel

Special Features

  • Access trailhead from Visitor Center
  • Semi-permanent marsh bordered by riparian slough
  • Year-round birdwatching



WINTON MARSH NATURE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 3.6
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Admin Road

Special Features

  • Elevated observation platform
  • Meanders around permanent wetland
  • Access trailhead from Waterfowl Auto Tour Route



WOODY POND TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.75 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Admin road/compacted gravel

Special Features

  • Access trailhead from the West Bear Creek Auto Tour Route





Last updated: October 28, 2010