Mendota, CA Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Bear Creek Bikeway

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Black Rascal Creek Bikeway

4.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Clovis Old Town Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Dry Creek Trail (Clovis)

2.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Enterprise Canal Trail

2.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Lewis S. Eaton Trail

5.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Los Banos Rail-Trail

1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sugar Pine Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Bear Creek Bikeway parallels scenic Bear Creek just north of downtown Merced. The path grants access to the zoo at Applegate Park and amenities located within the park. On the trail's western end,...
CA 3.6 mi Asphalt
The Black Rascal Creek Bikeway follows the course of the small waterway through residential neighborhoods on the north side of Merced. The trail provides access to the Merced Mall and Black Rascal...
CA 4.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Community support has been integral to the creation of the Clovis Old Town Trail and Sugar Pine Trail, two adjoining rail-trails that link the communities of Clovis and Fresno. Joggers, cyclists,...
CA 5.8 mi Asphalt
The Dry Creek Trail is a mostly level, shady trail that follows its namesake creek in Clovis. The western trailhead connects with the Clovis Old Town Trail and has a small parking lot. The trail...
CA 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Enterprise Canal Trail is the less crowded sibling to Clovis' Dry Creek Trail. Beginning from the west end near Sunnyside Avenue, the trail follows its namesake channel southeast towards Highway...
CA 2.4 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Lewis S. Eaton Trail is the backbone of the growing trail network central to the planned 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway. The main trail currently offers more than 5 paved miles through Woodward...
CA 5.9 mi Asphalt
The Los Banos Rail Trail offers a 1-mile alternative to non-motorized travel through downtown Los Banos, paralleling H Street between Mecry Springs Road and 2nd Street. The trail occupies a disused...
CA 1 mi Asphalt
Community support has been integral to the creation of the Sugar Pine Trail and Clovis Old Town Trail, two adjoining rail-trails that link the communities of Fresno and Clovis. Joggers, cyclists,...
CA 4 mi Asphalt
The Vernon McCullough Fresno River Trail runs along the dry river in Madera, offering a recreation and transportation amenity for the city's residents and visitors. The trail is divided in two by...
CA 3.4 mi Asphalt

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Clovis Old Town Trail

Nice, Wide, Clean Trail

April, 2021 by tucker.furguy

I must admit, I put off cycling on this trail due to the tunnels along the way. I have a single speed 3-wheeler and any type of incline is a struggle, much more so than a single speed 2-wheeler. But, I have a friend who rides it regularly and enjoys it, that, and some of the pictures of the trail on the website are splendid and inviting. So, I included it with another trail I love and ride regularly. It was the first time I totaled over 20 miles in one day’s ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it, for the most part. I embraced courage and tackled every tunnel on the trail - there and back. I did notice that most, if not all the tunnels have a workaround trail that take you up to the street where from there you can cross the street and reconnect with the trail after the tunnel.

The first time I cycled the trail, I went from Alluvial and Peach to the end of the trail at roughly Dakota and Clovis Ave. I drove around the neighborhood I had once lived in and returned to the trail. What I found disrupting was having to stop at all the many streets within the Old Town area of Clovis and the rest of the trail in the main city of Clovis. I can see why other riders have made adverse comments regarding this issue. So, when taking the trail now, I will begin at one of three entrances and end each time when I come to Sierra Ave, at which point I turn around and go back. So, starting at Shepherd near Willow Ave. At Nees near N. Timmy Ave. Or, at Alluvial and Peach Ave. Stopping at Sierra Ave and turning around.

What I really like about the trail is that it is wide and flat. There are no tree roots popping up which make for a very rough ride. The trail is clean and on each side are trees and underbrush for much of the distance. When moving northward, the trail turns into more of a very wide sidewalk that runs through some housing areas, industrial areas and open country fields. Once you get to Shepherd Ave you are gifted a beautiful view of the nearby hills and the more distance mountains, along with some farmland, orchards, and vineyards - not yet victim to the swiftly spreading disease of the rapid building of houses, apartments and condominiums.

Along the path, you do have to stop at major streets. Some have street lights or stop signs. Others have added a button you can push that illuminates the path so that motorists know you are waiting to cross and they will stop and wait for you. The tunnels can be rather exciting! Going down one is a rush - an E ticket ride. Going back up though can be a workout if you aren’t riding a bike with gears. What I find helpful is to begin fast pedaling as soon as you are able before beginning your ascent. With the momentum the downward trail gives you, it is easier than you would think, however, those last few feet can be a real workout. The one thing I wish Clovis had done would have been to install lights inside the tunnels that would stay on 24/7. It is very dark, especially down the longer tunnels and you cannot always discern what or who is in the tunnel, which could make for a serious accident were you to run into a person or animal, or over broken glass, large rocks, or prickly tree limbs.

A nice feature, along the path that lies in the major area of Old Town Clovis and central Clovis, are emergency phones built into lamp-like poles - there is at least one that is not in working order, but many that are.

Each time I have been on the trail, it was not heavily trafficked and when you do come up on others, the path is wide enough to safely pass one another. I have seen folks walking their dogs, running, cycling skate boarding, walking, and using scooters. Not much wildlife on the trail, with the exception of birds, ground squirrels and red and gray tree squirrels.

If you continue north on the trail, you eventually will hook up with the Fresno Rail Trail and it can take you all the way to Woodward Park and end on Friant Rd.

Clovis Old Town Trail

Nice, Wide, Clean Trail

April, 2021 by tucker.furguy

I must admit, I put off cycling on this trail due to the tunnels along the way. I have a single speed 3-wheeler and any type of incline is a struggle, much more so than a single speed 2-wheeler. But, I have a friend who rides it regularly and enjoys it, that, and some of the pictures of the trail on the website are splendid and inviting. So, I included it with another trail I love and ride regularly. It was the first time I totaled over 20 miles in one day’s ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it, for the most part. I embraced courage and tackled every tunnel on the trail - there and back. I did notice that most, if not all the tunnels have a workaround trail that take you up to the street where from there you can cross the street and reconnect with the trail after the tunnel.

The first time I cycled the trail, I went from Alluvial and Peach to the end of the trail at roughly Dakota and Clovis Ave. I drove around the neighborhood I had once lived in and returned to the trail. What I found disrupting was having to stop at all the many streets within the Old Town area of Clovis and the rest of the trail in the main city of Clovis. I can see why other riders have made adverse comments regarding this issue. So, when taking the trail now, I will begin at one of three entrances and end each time when I come to Sierra Ave, at which point I turn around and go back. So, starting at Shepherd near Willow Ave. At Nees near N. Timmy Ave. Or, at Alluvial and Peach Ave. Stopping at Sierra Ave and turning around.

What I really like about the trail is that it is wide and flat. There are no tree roots popping up which make for a very rough ride. The trail is clean and on each side are trees and underbrush for much of the distance. When moving northward, the trail turns into more of a very wide sidewalk that runs through some housing areas, industrial areas and open country fields. Once you get to Shepherd Ave you are gifted a beautiful view of the nearby hills and the more distance mountains, along with some farmland, orchards, and vineyards - not yet victim to the swiftly spreading disease of the rapid building of houses, apartments and condominiums.

Along the path, you do have to stop at major streets. Some have street lights or stop signs. Others have added a button you can push that illuminates the path so that motorists know you are waiting to cross and they will stop and wait for you. The tunnels can be rather exciting! Going down one is a rush - an E ticket ride. Going back up though can be a workout if you aren’t riding a bike with gears. What I find helpful is to begin fast pedaling as soon as you are able before beginning your ascent. With the momentum the downward trail gives you, it is easier than you would think, however, those last few feet can be a real workout. The one thing I wish Clovis had done would have been to install lights inside the tunnels that would stay on 24/7. It is very dark, especially down the longer tunnels and you cannot always discern what or who is in the tunnel, which could make for a serious accident were you to run into a person or animal, or over broken glass, large rocks, or prickly tree limbs.

A nice feature, along the path that lies in the major area of Old Town Clovis and central Clovis, are emergency phones built into lamp-like poles - there is at least one that is not in working order, but many that are.

Each time I have been on the trail, it was not heavily trafficked and when you do come up on others, the path is wide enough to safely pass one another. I have seen folks walking their dogs, running, cycling skate boarding, walking, and using scooters. Not much wildlife on the trail, with the exception of birds, ground squirrels and red and gray tree squirrels.

If you continue north on the trail, you eventually will hook up with the Fresno Rail Trail and it can take you all the way to Woodward Park and end on Friant Rd.

Dry Creek Trail (Clovis)

The Trail

April, 2021 by tucker.furguy

Dry underbrush 'neath lush green trees.

Gray-white cotton puff clouds and the pale watercolor of streaky clouds in a light blue sky.

Shadow leaves sway under the trees, as the sun lays hot beams on the flat blacktop of the path.

Geese and ducks drift on the water's surface, as the dark form of a fish weaves through the cold current of the stream.

A shadow bird glides across the paved path, as a cool breeze, like silk upon my skin, pushes past me as I pedal along the Dry Creek Trail.

Yes! My healing oasis in Clovis, Ca.

-- Kathy Pippig

The Dry Creek Trail is my favorite of the three trails I ride the most. The trail is paved and on the east side of the trail is the creek. Depending on the weather and time of year, there may or may not be water in the creek.

You will likely see geese, ducks and other birds. Folks walking their dogs. Families and individuals of all ages biking and walking. Kids and adults skate boarding. Children on scooters.

At the south entrance there is a lovely park area that is popular; with exercise equipment, picnic tables, water fountains for humans and their dogs, meeting areas, and plenty of parking. Just past the park is the Clovis Botanical Garden and in the Spring, it is filled with blossoming flowers and is beautiful to see.

There are park benches throughout the trail for folks to sit and enjoy people watching or just enjoy nature.

Midway through the trail, traveling north, just before the Nees Ave light, there is an obelisk that displays stats: like the number of bicycles passing through for the day and for the year, as well as other stats.

The north/west side of the trail runs through a housing area that is quite nice and separate from the trail. At the north end of the trail is a large area for picnicking, resting, and there are clean nice toilets. A marvelous, giant metal sculpture of a horse stands in the center. And to the east side of this area is a nice-sized parking lot. There is also a spot where you can air up the tires on your bike with the equipment provided.

All in all, this trail is, for me, like biking along a path in the nearby hills, with a river running alongside - that was my first impression and it still holds true every time I ride the trail.

Kathy Pippig

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Clovis Old Town Trail

GOOD FOR FAMILY BICYCLING

April, 2021 by jaycee7611

Love the surroundings every time I go because it’s very clean and great breakfast spots in old town. I will say though when going in tunnels it’s hard to pick up speed because sometimes it’s crowded with people and some don’t respect the path ways.

Dry Creek Trail (Clovis)

Good trail

July, 2020 by k_schoepf

I read previous reviews on this trail so was concerned but I tried it. The only part of the trail with the raised cracks not suitable for biking is near the trail head. To avoid this, ride on the street in that section then jump on the trail. This trail connects to the Clovis trail making for a nice long ride. Shady, runs along the water and shaded. Beautiful area. Loved it.

Dry Creek Trail (Clovis)

Not for bikes! I was very disappointed.

May, 2020 by alanmaloney

The tree roots have destroyed the asphalt, and it is not suitable for bicycles. Walking would be ok. I wasted a long drive to ride about 100 yard. Terrible trail, never go back!! ¿¿¿¿¿

Lewis S. Eaton Trail

Highly Recommend

March, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Fresno, CA
Parking: Shopping Center (Yosemite Freeway & Friant Rd). Drove into Woodward Park but decided not to pay the $5 ($3 senior) parking fee. Should have read Parking & Trail Access description closer. Noted some folks park in shopping mall across Friant Rd from the park entrance.
Trail Condition: Excellent wide asphalt pathway. Well maintained.
Signage: Trail is easy to follow without signage, follow white stripe down middle of trail.
Comments: Started at South end, rode to North end and returned. Lots and lots of walkers and few bikers on the trail, nice three day weekend afternoon to get outside. Wonderful views of the San Joaquin River valley and mountains in distance. Of the trails in the Fresno (Clovis) area we rode this one was the best. No busy intersections to navigate, enough curves and small up and down hills to keep this one interesting. Highly recommend this trail.

Sugar Pine Trail

Busy Intersections

March, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Fresno, CA
Parking: Shopping Center (Yosemite Freeway & Friant Rd)
Trail Condition: Excellent wide asphalt pathway. Well maintained.
Signage: Trail is easy to follow without signage, follow white stripe down middle of trail.
Comments: Going West to East the first portion of trail is a nice ride with a couple of underpasses and only one intersection to navigate. There is a gated section in this first portion that is closed at night. This section is a wide old railroad bed with housing on each side and now a bunch of trees along the trail. Nice and quiet section. Once passed this gated area the trail parallels a main street with a number of major intersections, which is a significant detractor. In fact, we didn’t finish the trail after growing tired of navigating the intersections. A few walkers and bikers were encountered on trail. It is evident this trail is a rail-to-trail project. The greenway is very wide, flat and mostly straight. Without the many busy intersections to cross this would be a fine rails-to-trails trail.

Dry Creek Trail (Clovis)

Trail Needs Work

March, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Clovis (Fresno), CA
Parking: Costco (Shaw & N. Clovis Ave)
Trail Condition: Satisfactory for most of the trail. Is a wide asphalt pathway. There are portions of the trail that are older with tree roots raising up and causing a bumpy ride. Roots haven’t broken through surface yet. Trail needs work.
Signage: Fairly easy to follow with exception of one park with a fork in the trail. Of course, we chose the straight path which turned out to be the wrong choice. Stopped for quick check of our map and look around to see a busy intersection that needed to be crossed. A portion of the trail has a white stripe down the middle but not all. There is a count station along the trail showing trail usage (bikers and walkers, daily and this year). Nice feature.
Comments: This trail was in combination with the Clovis Old Town Trail (thus reason for parking at Costco). We started from the junction of the Clovis Old Town Trail to the terminus which is a nice park with large parking lot on the north end. Then returned back to the Clovis Old Town Trail. The trail passes through a nice park on the way to the terminus. The park at the terminus has an interesting horse statue made from old rusted mechanical parts. A number of walkers, runners and a few cyclists were encountered on the trail, not overwhelming. According to the trail counter, walkers way out number the bikers. A major intersection must be crossed. A lower rating for this trail was given because of the poor trail condition.

Clovis Old Town Trail

Way Too Many Busy Street Crossings

March, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Clovis (Fresno), CA
Parking: Costco (Shaw & N. Clovis Ave)
Trail Condition: Excellent wide asphalt pathway. Well maintained.
Signage: Mostly the trail is easy to follow with except through the Old Clovis Town section. Up to that point the trail is wide asphalt with a solid white line down the middle. For about a block the trail becomes sidewalk near a school and Veterans Memorial Building. After that section it returns to the asphalt trail with white stripe. There are a number of great informational signs, little “train station” gazebos, and statues along the trail. There is even a count station showing trail usage (bikers and walkers, daily and this year) in the Old Town Clovis section. (See photo of count station in the Dry Creek Trail photos.)
Comments: We rode this to the point where we thought the north end is and the Sugar Pine Trail begins. Didn’t see any signage that defined the end of one and start of the other. Then on the return south we took the Dry Creek Trail out and back. To finish up rode to the southern end of the trail and back to parking. This trail surface was great and think must be fairly new. A number of walkers, runners and a few cyclists were encountered on the trail, not overwhelming. According to the trail counter, walkers way out number the bikers. A detractor to this trail is the number of major busy intersections that require stopping to wait for a walk signal to cross. The north end of the trail has fewer of these but does have a couple crossing with signaled cross walks requiring the press of a button to activate the warning signals, at least they aren’t at busy intersections. It is evident this trail is a rail-to-trail project. The greenway is very wide and flat. Without the many busy intersections to cross this would be a great rails-to-trails trail.

Lewis S. Eaton Trail

Beautiful Longboarding Trail

January, 2019 by christensen-lisa

This is a beautiful trail and perfect for longboarding. There are plenty of small hills to learn on if you want to experience a bit of speed. There is enough to work with, level wise to keep you learning and improving until your ready to take your skating to another level. The sunsets in this park have been extraordinary. Warning though, people don’t always get out of your way if you’re going fast, when they are on the wrong side of the road. Watch out for people and dogs that hate wheels. Otherwise it’s beautiful and perfect!

Lewis S. Eaton Trail

Great trail for beginners and pros

April, 2017 by zakath1

this is a Great trail for beginners and pros. Great benches and restrooms. Gorgeous scenery and a safe place to ride. Several options attach around Woodward park

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