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May 28 2013
lP14
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Raccoon Marsh and Woody Pond TrailsCentral Valley, CA
Central Valley, CA
Hiking avatar May 28 2013
lP14
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
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The Raccoon Marsh and Woody Pond trails are part of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the San Joaquin Valley. They are the two trails open to the public in the West Bear Creek (north central) part of the refuge. The area is easily accessible from CA-165, just south of the community of Stevinson and the junction with CA-140.

To get to the trailhead, turn into the entrance and take the Wet Bear Creek Auto Tour Route for maybe a mile. The trialhead is on the right, signed, and has restroom facilities and a picnic bench.

The linked, short trails loop around marshy areas and provide opportunities for plant and animal viewing. We saw jack rabbits, deer, crane, ducks, and other birds in the couple hours we were out there. The grasses were beautiful. We were the only visitors on that Tuesday morning, though we never felt quite alone since CA-165 is visible and audible for most of the walk.

If you want to see the Tule elk, head to the visitors center in the southern part of the park, near the town of Los Banos.
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average hiking speed 1.5 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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