Caswell Short Loop Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ripon, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length1.2 miElevation gain13 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Family-friendly short shaded trail for serenity and a peek or two of the river at Caswell Memorial State Park. The River Bend trail offers a flat windy walk in this riparian habitat. There are a few overlook points that allow visitors to take a peek over the river bends, and part of the trail is ADA accessible. There are a few benches at the junction area with the Gray Fox Trail marking the end of 0.25-mile ADA accessibility, and one has the option to take the extra loop around the 0.4-mile Crow's Loop Trail.

Caswell Memorial State Park http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=557

Park policies and hours: Fishing closed Nov 1st-Dec 31st. Day use fees: $8 Camp fee: $30 Dogs on leash only in day use area, no dogs on beach No diving, no life guard at beaches What to bring: binoculars, camera, water (~1 liter), snack, bug repellent. When to go: Spring/summer would be best for watching plants/roses grow. Spring-Fall would be good time to visit for a cooler walk in the park. What to wear: Sturdy tennis shoes would do. Bring a sweater for the cooler temperature in the shade. What to watch for: Being a riparian woodland, the area allows sufficient growth of flora and fauna due to the abundance of water -- one would see prominent displays of wild roses, grapes, valley oaks, willows and elderberries. As for animals, if your eyes and ears are fast enough, you may catch a glimpse of brush rabbit, woodrats, birds, foxes and even great horned owls.

The trailhead of the River bend can be accessed near the restroom of the Elderberry day use area. It can also be accessed from the hiking-use parking lot side (park at the day use parking area, come back out past the stop sign and make a left into the "authorized vehicles only" area; go all the way down and take another left turn for the trailhead).

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Jennah Alvarez
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Nature tripsBugsFeeOver grown

It was good for a place to go in Ripon. I liked that they had a hike that was wheelchair accessible. I was alone so this was nice to just get out and do something. The trails all do connect so definitely pay attention to the trail on the app so you know which one YOU want to stay on. I went on the Majestic Oaks Trail and it was cute. I also appreciate that there are benches on the trail! But, it was not pretty. The view was just all beat up and wasn’t really IT. Oh, also they take Apple Pay so that’s cool and it was only 10 bucks.

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Abike Okesina
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Valerie Harrington
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Robyn Zohbon
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Walking

Has a lot of potential but not maintained well right now. Could be a great place for an outdoor stroll.

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It's okay. There's some downed trees, most of which you can just step over or under. There was one downed tree on one of the trails that had a lot of vines and stuff and I had to go through it. Trails are pretty clearly maintained, but there's not much marking the junctions. A map display at the trailhead would be nice to, but I didn't see one there or at the park entrance. Mostly just an easy walk through the woods by the river.

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Melaney Smith
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Nature tripsOver grown

It was underwhelming and very overgrown

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Ryan Kennedy
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Hiking

easy and fun for the whole fam

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Kaylyn Morris
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Great day trip to get out and close of last minute

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Jenny Gowin
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WalkingBugsFeeOver grown

So much dead trees and plants. Needs a major clean up. Definitely not stroller friendly right now. If it was cleaned up then it would be. It was a nice walk. Lots of flying bugs.

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I'm Still Hangry
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it was a nice start I like that it's wasn't that confusing

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Rosalie Sauceda
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Nice, quiet, easy hike that is nearby

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Alicia Garcia
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HikingGreat!

Peaceful and beautiful

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Lisa Sequeira
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Ricky Panc
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Very nice

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isabel moore
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WalkingBugsFeeOver grown

Really peaceful. I would definitely wear good pants and a light jacket. lots of bugs

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Tung Nguyen
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Gina Corpuz
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HikingGreat!
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Gracie franscella
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Tyler Gentleman
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Tera Amdur
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Nature tripsBugsFeeGreat!

Nice and easy trail! Good for families with young kids!

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