Brannan Island State Recreation Area is a maze of waterways through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The park, located northeast of the San Francisco Bay, has countless islands and marshes with many wildlife habitats and many opportunities for recreation, including boating, windsurfing and swimming. Much of the Island, located on the east bank of the Sacramento River, consists of sandy peat, with gently rolling hills covered in grass, brush and trees. Willows, oaks, alders, pines and cottonwoods are among the trees planted here, and much of the lower growth consists of wildflowers such as the California poppy, bush lupin, tree tobacco, the rare Antioch primrose, sweet fennel, milk thistle and tumbleweed. Local wildlife includes jackrabbits, ground squirrels, skunks and snakes, with a wide variety of birds including blackbirds, meadowlarks, mockingbirds, pheasants, flickers, sparrows, doves and the burrowing owl. One of the outstanding water-oriented recreation areas in the world, the area offers great fishing, including striped bass, sturgeon, catfish, bluegill, perch and bullhead. Franks Tract, a protected wetland marsh, is home to beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink and 76 species of birds. The park is on Highway 160 a few miles south of the city of Rio Vista in Sacramento County. The park is located on the lower peninsular extension of Brannan Island, and is surrounded by the Sacramento River on the west, Three Mile Slough on the southeast, and Seven Mile Slough on the northeast. The climate in the Delta is mild, with winter temperatures usually ranging between 45 and 55 degrees and summer temperatures between 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. An occasional heat wave will push the temperatures in summer to 100 degrees or more but the Delta breeze is never far away.

With an open mind, this is a nice 3 mile loop. Paved and easy walk throughout the park and waterways. We have a disabled son who loves hiking this trail.

It’s sad that people slam this trail with poor reviews. It’s not the mountains or rustic hiking. We enjoyed this trail for our son. You can see the trail on our YouTube Channel, Raptor Pack RVing.

A couple of interpretive signs are still posted describing the area and trees. Wish the State would put more effort in improving this park.

Not a great hike. Just a bike path that went through campsites.

Ok for times other than summer and good for wheelchairs. I was amazed to see people camping in this nothing area. Simply just hot and very windy this time of year. And surprisingly you hardly see the water. Very poorly placed trail.

walking
9 months ago

It's just a walking/biking path built through and around the state park. a few decent views, easy walk, bike and dog friendly.
not a "hiking" trail but not a bad walk if you just want to get out and you live close. Much better hiking along the delta, though.

fishing
Monday, October 30, 2017

This is a good place to go fishing, swimming, camping and enjoy the delta. This trail has plenty of uses and it does go through a campground that has nice big campsites. A lot of us take for granted the fact that we can hike a "real" trail but the fact of matter is that there are some other less fortunate individuals in this world that due to mobility issues can not enjoy the same trails as us. We should still give respect to those places we will still be able to access even if we find ourselves in a wheelchair someday.

walking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

This is not a trail rather a path through a campsite. The only worth while feature was a path down to a secluded little area along the river. We will not be back. #notahike

hiking
Saturday, December 09, 2017

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Friday, November 24, 2017

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hiking
Thursday, January 08, 2015