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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex Trail

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Willows, California

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Willows, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 13 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Wildlife
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Chris Hayashida-Knight
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WalkingBugsNo shadeOver grown

We'd consider coming back here in the late fall or winter but spring/summer is very buggy and most of the path is covered in 6-10" stickers. Spent a lot of time picking out ticks from our dogs and not much time actually hiking.

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Justin Liska
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HikingClosed

This area was restricted to duck hunters and those with a hunters permit, no signs for the trail and was told by hunters to leave

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Sally Freedlander
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HikingFee

Both walked and drove this site on 1/1/20. There is a short, flat loop from the visitor center which allows dogs on leash. Pretty but nothing spectacular. The drive, however, was AMAZING! Thousands of migrating birds both in flight and settled down for the night. We also saw dozens of hawks, buzzards, a few pheasants, a skunk, 4-5 deer and two jackrabbits playing tag. Dusk is a great time to visit. Bundle up in the car and roll your windows down for a symphony of bird chatter. It was a wonderful way to start the year. Oh, and be sure to tune your radio to the ranger station which describes the migrating bird species.

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Jesse Joksch
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The road to this trail says closed to the public. Welcome to California

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Kayla Peebles
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Bird Watching

Just ambled around the pedestrian trails they had available there. They also offer an “auto trail” for vehicles but it’s hard to feel as connected to the beauty around you when you are in a car in my opinion. So much activity just before dark, lots of waterfowl there, small idk I call them brush birds?, flitting around, chasing each other. I heard a few owls and finally got to see one (great-horned I believe). GREAT for bird watching. You have to pay a small fee if you don’t have the right pass but it didn’t seem like anyone cared much about checking if you had.

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johnny burgos
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Nature trips

Well kept trail. I Went at the end of fall, it was wet,green, cold, and full of birds. I imagine fall and winter are the best times to go. Out of a few Wildlife Refuges I have been to around Sacramento, I liked this one the best

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Susanne Candelaria
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Running
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Today I really needed to get out, it amazes me how a lil running can change your whole out look on life......I did this hike as a trail run the path is approx. 1.5 miles on its outer most trails ( there is a few short cuts as they call them) is clear and well maintained, however there is no waterfowl at this time as all the wetlands are dry but come fall and winter these wetlands come alive...... the sound alone can be mind clearing and when they fly....well lets just say its a beautiful site and one that everyone who likes the opens spaces should see and hear. Happy Hiking!

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keung h
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Rick L
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Gar Abbas
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Walking