Dry Creek Trail (Modesto)

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The paved Dry Creek Trail begins near downtown Modesto and meanders east through a series of neighborhood parks along Dry Creek. The pathway features a couple of footbridges and roadway underpasses and is well-used by locals; you will usually see herds of people walking, running, skating and biking, with many accompanied by leashed dogs.

Variable amounts of water flow through Dry Creek according to rainfall, but even at its driest the area is beautiful. A variety of vegetation abounds, including eucalyptus towards the western end of the trail and native oaks to the east. An assortment of resident valley birds and small animals may be seen and heard on your journey. In the winter, migrating birds appear on and near the creek.

Near the trail's midpoint, East La Loma Park offers children's play areas, tennis courts, restrooms, parking and an extensive Frisbee golf course. (Access is free but bring your own Frisbee.) During summer afternoons, the sections of the trail that are less shaded can become extremely hot, so it is recommended that you carry a large supply of cool water, as drinking fountains are few and far between and sometimes out of order.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Dry Creek Trail is available at Moose Park (512 N. Morton Boulevard) and East La Loma Park (2001 Edgebrook Drive) in Modesto.


Sunday PM Walk

   February, 2015 by jamesholland

We started at the Coffee Road entrance and walked to just past the El Vista overpass. It was a great afternoon with perfect weather on February 15 2015. The temperature was in the mid to high 60s, so just right for walking. Everything was green except ...read more

Drycreek Trail

   July, 2014 by rlynntrails

Great trail. Each mile provides new and different scenery. Good year round. Can be very hot on summer afternoons. read more

Nice Scenic Trail - 5/31/10

   June, 2010 by dham

This is a well-maintained asphalt trail, mostly level with a few slopes. According to my GPS, the length of the trail is closer to 4.6 Miles instead of 6 miles. There is a very nice park and golf course along the trail. There is also a frisbee golf course. ...read more