60 Hikes within 60 Miles Sacramento  by Jordan Summers

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento Guide Book

by Jordan Summers (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Sacramento  by Jordan Summers
Using clear and entertaining narrative, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento introduces newcomers and lifelong residents alike to a surprising array of the best day hikes within a 60-mile radius of the City of Trees.

© 2012 Jordan Summers/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

The trails of the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) take advantage of miners’ trails, pioneer roads, newly constructed trails, and some reclaimed mining ditches. This gentle descent into American Canyon takes hikers across two pleasant streams and to a secluded waterfall with a pool carved out of metamorphic bedrock. American Canyon Trail, an easy route down to the Middle Fork of the American River, lets you explore the streams, waterfalls, and icecold pools on the way to Poverty Bar. This route loops back before descending to the river; you’ll climb just enough to sweat hard before you walk the gentle route back to your car.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
American Eagle Mine Trail starts where Euchre Bar Trail leaves off. Hiking east on this section of Wild and Scenic River offers hikers choices of relaxing in the river’s pools, exploring century and a half old mining operations, and observing the plentiful flora and fauna along the trail. The trailhead for the American Eagle Mine Trail sits at the junction of Humbug Creek and the North Fork of the American River, just 30 feet from the end of your hike on the Euchre Bar Trail. Pack up your gear from the picnic table, and clear any trash. Out of concern for nearby property owners, please respect the area and its primitive amenities.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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The hike to Avery’s Pond is a great adventure for children and parents who want a brief yet interesting hike. This route takes you past Avery’s Pond and on past the Newcastle powerhouse at Mormon’s Ravine. The trail guides hikers along remnants of the North Fork Ditch, which supplied water to mining camps and towns along the river.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
Your trailhead through these centuries-old trees is signed north grove trail, river trail, three senses trail, grove overlook trail. The interpretive trail through the North Grove of giant sequoia trees offers hikers of all ages and abilities a detailed, up-close, and inside view of these impressive giants. Clearly signed and well designed, the trail through these spectacular trees is a pleasure to hike in almost every month.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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The South Grove Trail leads hikers through a mixed-conifer forest, dominated by towering old-growth sugar and ponderosa pines, to the grove of giant sequoias that straddle Big Trees Creek. The South Grove is within the Calaveras South Grove Natural Preserve, which contains more than 1,000 of these giant trees. Known commonly as the giant sequoia, the Sierra redwood is a species distinct from the coast redwood.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
If any entirely uphill hike can be enjoyed, it’s this one. Your hike begins at the white gate on CR 40, where you’ll see a notification that the bridge is out (it isn’t), along with several other important but not-very-useful signs. Descend and cross the low-water bridge that straddles Cache Creek. River rafters are required to portage here, so they take the opportunity for a lunch break right near the trailhead. After crossing the creek, walk uphill and watch for a sign about 50 paces to the left, indicating the trailhead’s location. Turn left and walk to the yellow gate; step through on the left and follow the doubletrack over toward the rafters’ picnic grounds.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
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Prepare for extraordinary views of the South Yuba River from rock benches along this easy trail. Here, the riparian zone holds somewhat closely to the river’s edge, quickly transitioning to a foothill-woodland zone upslope. The result is a transition zone that boasts the best of both zones. The abundance of flowers and trees along this short, friendly trail makes this a favorite foothill hike for all ages. Starting your trip from the second parking lot is easier, but whether you park here or back across the river next to the bridge, take time to cross the Bridgeport Bridge the longest single-span covered bridge in America.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
Capitol Park can be accessed from any point along its 12-city-block length, so it seems natural to start closest to where you park. The starting point of this hike is on the north side steps at 11th Street.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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The China Gulch Trail is an equestrian path that traces the north lakeshore past China Gulch to the area of Lancha Plana, then returns to the equestrian-assembly area. Your track takes advantage of the wide horse route as it meanders around, over, and down small hills and knobs, all decorated with uniformly spaced blue oaks and alive with colorful wildflowers in spring. This hike takes wildflower lovers through vast meadows of colorful blossoms every spring. The rolling hills are sprinkled with handsome blue oaks that contrast with the light-blue sky. This equestrian and hiking trail is easy to follow, but it is exposed to the sun all day. A hat is a must.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
This is either a great hike with a wonderful swim at the end or a fantastic swim with a sweet hike. Either way, the hike leads you to a beautiful 40-foot waterfall with lovely pools beneath smaller cascades. Codfish Falls Trail is an easy trail with interpretive signs along a scenic section of the North Fork of the American River. Start for the trailhead by following the wildly curvy, dust-laden Ponderosa Way. Your view to the bottom of the canyon is unimpeded by guardrails as the road hugs the slope. As you approach the river, the bridge across the North Fork comes into view. It’s amazing that the bridge is still standing, but yes, you can drive across it. And it’s another good story to tell.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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A short, gradual climb above the Middle Fork of the American River provides more than exercise. Hikers will be treated to panoramic upriver views of the Middle Fork, overlooking placer-mining and quarrying operations as they were left more than 100 years ago. The shaded trailhead is below the parking area on the west side of Old Foresthill Road. To reach it, descend from the parking area to the information kiosk and pit toilet. As you walk down toward the river, imagine cooling your feet at the river’s edge after your hike.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
The River and Wetlands walks at the Cosumnes River Preserve showcase the plant and wildlife communities of the largest free-flowing river entering the Great Central Valley. Close to town and accessible to all, these trails offer tranquility, beauty, and a sense of what the area once looked like to settlers. Here, hikers can stroll through a riparian forest, past a fresh water marsh and vernal pools, and along annual grasslands at a leisurely pace.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking
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In Pilot Hill’s Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, this hike of connected trails offers a varied terrain—riparian zone along the South Fork of the American River, blue-oak savanna and foothill woodland above it. Some openterrain trails lead to a movie-set ranch and then loop back to the trailhead. The trailhead for this hike stands only about 5 air miles downriver from Coloma, the birthplace of the Gold Rush. Above and below the section of river that borders the ranch, streams, bars, and hillsides, gold miners sought their fortunes throughout the 1850s.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
When you have so much to see in such a small area, it’s hard to know where to start. There are two possible trailheads; I took off on the one nearest the road at the east end of the lot. The loop trail at the Dave Moore Nature Area is a surprisingly all inclusive treat. Historic mining remnants, riverside ecosystem and vistas, waterfowl and songbirds, foothill forest, displays of flowers in sun and shade all are available to hikers of every age and ability, and all are packed into a 1 mile trail just off CA 49.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
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The Davis–Covell Greenbelt is a wonderful path to walk and includes a surprising diversity of interesting sights. The described hike begins at the pedestrian overpass at the north end of the Davis Community Park. An alternative starting point, also with parking and restrooms, is at Northstar Park, at the north end of the greenbelt. If you’re arriving on foot, almost every side street along the path accesses the greenbelt, which winds through the surrounding communities.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
Your hike begins at the historic town of North Bloomfield, then passes the old school, church, and cemetery on the way to a loop through Diggins Pond, the scene of intense hydraulic mining. The route then climbs to the rim overlook before returning to the town site and your original trailhead. Gold was first plucked by hand from the rivers; then it was drilled for and dug from hard rock. Here’s the best example of how the hills were blown apart and washed away by water to reach the gold-bearing gravels. Your trail loops through the floor of the diggings and then heads up to the rim to give you a bird’s-eye view of the area, its devastation, and its recovery.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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This 77-acre nature preserve offers a glimpse of the once-vast riparian and oak woodlands, shrub lands, meadows, and aquatic habitats along the American River. Deer, coyotes, wild turkeys, rabbits, snakes, hawks, owls, woodpeckers, songbirds, and waterfowl add to the adventure of three self-guided walking trails.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking
If you’re looking for an easy way down to the North Fork of the American River, this one is a sweetheart. The word switchback has a good name on this well-graded trail. Descend to the river and cross it on the only suspension footbridge across the wild and scenic North Fork. You can discover mining relics and campsites when you continue upriver to Humbug Canyon. The sign at the parking area points you in the right direction for the trailhead—just 500 feet east. A side trail on the left, just after the hairpin turn, is a shortcut through the trees to the trailhead. Otherwise, continue on the road and look to the right for a baby-blue sedan parked backward on the right side of the road. Just beyond that on the right is the welded-metal sign for the Euchre Bar Trail. Your route to the river descends 1,525 feet in just 1.5 miles. So turn right and begin descending the dirt-andleaf- covered trail. Watch your footing: the duff is slippery along the entire route.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.8
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This hike includes something for a wide variety of interests. Following Old Spenceville Road, where the lone oak stands, you’ll walk past what was once Spenceville, founded in the 1850s and abandoned in 1915. Copper mines dot the lower trail, and gold fields can be found in the hillsides. Mines are especially dangerous and should never be entered. This pleasant hike to Fairy Falls takes you along a route through an area of intense geologic history to a set of waterfalls—all of which will be flooded if the proposed Waldo Dam is constructed.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
This loop’s reputation as one of the best allaround hiking trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area is well deserved. Foresthill Divide Loop Trail has a number of access points along the way, so hikers can choose to take shorter versions or start from different points. You will start at the largest of four trailheads on Foresthill Road. Park near Gate 128, Eight Mile Curve, which is your trailhead. Meadows with wildflowers galore and trails winding through foothill-woodland forests provide the backdrop to this pleasantly shaded hike. It’s long enough that you’ll break a sweat, but you won’t have any difficulty staying onroute, with only minor elevation gain and loss.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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