Raccoon Marsh/Woody Pond Trails

MODERATE 7 reviews

Raccoon Marsh/Woody Pond Trails is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Banos, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


2 months ago

right along the road side for part of it, trail is more like a car path thr whole way.

Trail wasn’t kept up, foxtails like crazy I wouldn’t bring the dogs. And to be expected during this time...mosquitos! But still nice for bird watching and tracking.

no shade
7 months ago

hidden gem. saw 6 deer and dozens of tracks. hawks and lots of other birds. one coyote and other little critters. december is a great time to go because no bugs and not too hot but not as green as in spring. the pooch loves this trail. very beautiful if you appreciate the subtly of a grassland. parts could be flooded at different times of the year. some traffic visible but so are the western mountains. mellow walk along a well maintained service trail. when you're done i highly recommend checking out the tule elk auto tour near the main entrance of the wildlife refuge near los banos--saw dozens of elk including large bulls. bring your binoculars.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Not much to it. Saw plenty of quail and cottontails, a couple of hawks and a fox. My lab enjoyed seeing some of the critters. Best done in the winter or spring when there is water and waterfowl in the area.

bird watching
Saturday, June 02, 2018

Noone but us, the birds, coyotes, rabbits, mosquitoes, and plenty of traffic on the northern edge of both trails. Both loops in less than an hour.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It was nice and empty, but probably for a reason. Tons of foxtails to drive you crazy, and our dog was covered in ticks after we got back to the car. This area is best explored from your car.

3 months ago

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