Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area is a 1.2 mile loop trail located near West Sacramento, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

bird watching

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

May be seasonally closed for flooding, late winter or early spring

The trail is not clearly marked, it is actually a service road. The landscape is beautiful and filled with wildlife and flora.

bird watching
no shade
Tue May 28 2019

1. This is a fabulous place for birdwatching not for walking or hiking. 2. Bring your binos. If you love birdwatching this is the place for you! Just google "Yolo bypass wildlife area checklist" to see the iNaturalist website and you will see the incredible diversity of birds and other animals that come to this area. If you love seeing wildlife and haven't been here yet, I am so excited for the experience that awaits you! We are never disappointed when we visit but the best times to peek in on our wildlife friends are in the early morning or before sunset. Everything is season dependent too so make sure to check who's coming by when so that you know what to expect. After consistent rains, for example, it could be completely inundated and you will be left with no option but to turn around and go home without seeing anything. If you come at the right time though, you will be rewarded. As I mentioned before this isn't really a place to get a great hike or walk. It just doesn't have a trail infrastructure and instead has roads for cars. I'm sure that if you come early enough the roads can be enjoyed as trails without disturbance. Sometimes we just roll through and spy on birds through our binos without leaving the car. I've often seen others do the same.

hiking
Thu Apr 11 2019

Definitely closed right now

hiking
muddy
Fri Jan 04 2019

A brisk breezy day. It was a bit muddy, but a nice walk in the late afternoon. I am looking forward to returning in later spring.

hiking
Sun Apr 15 2018

If this area is meant to be hiker-friendly, it comes up a bit short. There really isn't much of a trail system. I fully understand conservationist sentiment but I wonder if there is excessive resistance to establishing better trails for the sake of preservation. Getting to spots that aren't just fields isn't straightforward. Lots of trees, streams, and ponds from a distance but you can't access most of these things unless you want to ignore Leave No Trace ethics. There's plenty here, but until there are better trails it's not suitable for hikers. With the roads going through it, this is way more of a 'sight-seeing with binoculars' type of place, NOT hiking.

Sat Nov 26 2016

It was ok. I liked it best during fall and spring, specially if it has rained recently. No dogs allowed, they also have an auto tour route, in case you don't feel like walking. map shows incorrect in the app, start for trail is much closer to freeway, actually next to it.

Sat Aug 27 2016

Trail did not go the way this app shows.

walking
Thu Aug 18 2016

Go at Sunrise! Stunning. Easy walk. Take camera. Beautiful flowers, cat tails, birds. Waterfowl... Peaceful. Nice way to spend some quiet time in morning in nature

hiking
Sun Jul 10 2016

Easy day hike. There were plenty of ducks and a few heron. The wild sunflowers were a treat.

bird watching
Thu Jul 07 2016

Lots of birds so bring your binoculars. Easy to walk.

Sat Apr 16 2016

this was a nice trail for me and my 2yo. the loop from parking lot better to parking lot done and back down by lot c was fun and the boy even walked most of it

hiking
Sat Aug 22 2015

Very beautiful hike. Lots of wildlife to be seen, specifically birds. Plenty of solitude to be had to make you feel as if you are getting away from it all, even with the Sacramento skyline still in view. Very flat, easy, trail.

hiking
Mon Jun 23 2014

This is my go-to six-mile hike that I go to several times weekly to bird watch. Where else can you go within five minutes of downtown Sacramento and see absolutely no one but a few rice farmers, some bird watchers, and a crop duster or two in the distance. And sometimes there is no one else in the entire 17,700 acres! Since this is a wildlife sanctuary, there are literally thousands of birds, and as the seasons change so too do the birds. So, if you want a peaceful, relaxing, beautiful place to walk, run, hike or jog, this is it! And it's five minutes from downtown Sacramento--amazing.

bird watching
Fri Apr 18 2014

I have been here only several times... It's a very interesting spot to drive over on the freeway as well as to drive through. The wildlife area is right next to the freeway and you will find many birders. Overall very accessible, and there is a bird hunting area in the back (but you would never know it visiting for the first time).

nature trips
Mon Apr 30 2012

Spent a few hours walking around the wildlife area to watch the birds and enjoy the scenery. Everything is flat and walks are easy.

walking
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hiking
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bird watching
5 months ago

hiking
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hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

walking
Mon Aug 20 2018

hiking
Mon Mar 12 2018

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