Best Hikes Near Sacramento  by Tracy Salcedo- Chourre

Best Hikes Near Sacramento Guide Book

by Tracy Salcedo- Chourre (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Sacramento  by Tracy Salcedo- Chourre
The sprawling Sacramento metropolitan area has built into its cityscape and suburbs a number of urban trails. Paved, flat, and often following riverbanks, levee roads, or abandoned railroad grades, these routes satisfy a number of needs for area residents. They accommodate after-work escapes, lunchtime power walks, needed perambulation for the cooped-up canine, the walk-and-talks of parents pushing buggies, the marathoner’s workout, and Sunday sunset walking meditations.

© 2012 Tracy Salcedo- Chourre/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Sacramento" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 41.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 41.

The oak woodland ecology of Folsom Lake frames this short interpretive trail along the shoreline of a relatively isolated bay.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Rustic paths lead through a wildlife sanctuary on the banks of the Feather River, where you’ll share the trail with foxes, deer, and a complete Audubon guidebook of birds.
Sacramento, CA - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
California’s stately capitol building, with its high dome and classic columned facade, is the centerpiece of this urban exploration. Begin at the historic Tower Bridge, travel through the heart of downtown, and complete your tour amid the roses and statuary of Capitol Park. Starting at the evocative Tower Bridge, and culminating in a tour of the varied gardens surrounding California’s state capitol building, this classic urban walk immerses you in the culture and evolution of Sacramento’s historic downtown. Sacramento is the last in a long list of cities that have been designated the state’s capital. Reaching back into the era of Spanish exploration and conquest, San Diego and Monterey both could claim the seat.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
The wide, gentle trail leading to China Gulch and beyond is popular with equestrians and hikers alike. It follows old ranch roads through rolling meadows still grazed by big-eyed bovines. The loop winds through a pastoral setting, open to sun and wind with only scattered stands of oaks providing shade, but with expansive views extending out across Camanche Reservoir.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
The trail to Codfish Falls has the flavor of an alpine adventure, skimming through a secluded portion of the North Fork American River canyon to a pretty cascade tucked away in a narrow gorge.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Meander through riparian thickets that border the Cosumnes River, the largest damfree river in northern California. The broad, slow waterway nourishes habitat for birds in remarkable number and variety.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
Stroll along pleasant paved paths in a leisurely loop that encompasses ponds, wildlife viewing platforms, and novel sculptures depicting man’s best friend at play. This looping tour along paved paths links Davis Community Park, a hub of activity next to Davis Senior High School, with quieter Covell and Northstar neighborhood parks. The paths run through green spaces that back up to suburban homes, with links to residential streets and cul-de-sacs. Ideal for a Sunday outing with the family or easy-access exercise after a long day at work, the trail is a local favorite.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.75
Winding ranch roads sweep through meadows thick with wildflowers in spring, then drop to beaches along a rumbling stretch of the South Fork American River. Pass a cluster of old ranch buildings as you climb away from the river and back into the ranchlands.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
This sweet little route meanders through oak woodlands down to a rocky beach on the South Fork American River, offering the wheelchair-bound, the stroller-bound, and the able-bodied easy access to a backcountry experience. Following the sweeping curves of the Dave Moore Nature Trail is reminiscent of walking a labyrinth. The first half-mile curls thoughtfully through oak woodlands, offering travelers ample chance to contemplate what draws them outdoors—how the sun filters through a forest canopy, the unique shapes of rocks and boulders, how fleeting glimpses of a nearby river
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
Follow the North Pond Loop Trail, which rambles along ranch roads and cattle paths through blue oak woodlands and open meadowlands to a small man-made pond, then traces segments of Crevis Creek to a natural seasonal pond.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
This straight-ahead walk follows an old railroad grade through dense riparian habitat along sleepy Railroad Slough. Blackberry, wild grape, and fig are twined with the native willow and cottonwood that thrives along the waterways.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
Interpretive trails wind through oak woodlands along a scenic stretch of the American River. The area supports an abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild turkeys, and a chattering collection of songbirds.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
Beneath your feet, 367 miles of carefully constructed tunnels wind through the ore beds of the Empire Mine. Aboveground, Empire Mine State Historic Park maintains a much smaller system of trails that, instead of burrowing through rock, winds through a mature mixed evergreen forest and accesses remnants of California’s gold rush legacy
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.9
The riparian corridor along Dry Creek serves as a semi-wild start to a hiking tour through Gibson Ranch County Park. The route also passes through a wetland area. Between the creek and the wetland lie the park’s picnic areas and playing greens, as well as the paddocks and pastures of boarded horses.
Sacramento, CA - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Thousands of migrating and resident waterfowl forage, rest, and nest in the restored wetlands of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, on the north side of the Sutter Buttes. Two trails, both featuring observation blinds (and one being interpretive), wind through the complex of ponds and marshes that offer the birds shelter and sustenance throughout the year.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.25
Waterfalls and cataracts on two streams that run through Hidden Falls Regional Park are the focal points of this double-loop hike. Hidden Falls drops 75 feet or so over stair-step cliffs, with an overlook platform offering easy access to the view. The Seven Pools can be seen from a high rock outcrop, water spilling from basin to basin within a rock-walled hollow.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Steep-walled Cold Creek canyon, on the edge of Lake Berryessa, embraces wildness and adventure. The Homestead Trail leads up alongside seasonal Cold Creek to the remains of an old goat ranch. From there stairs and switchbacks climb to the summits of Blue Ridge, with views down over Berryessa and out across the surrounding ridges of the coastal ranges. This hike is challenging due to steep and/or rocky stretches and numerous ups and downs. You will gain and lose more than 1,300 feet in elevation on the loop.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
This sprawling tour of the Rancho Seco Lake shoreline and a working cattle ranch offers a sampling of big-sky country in the Central Valley, with views stretching across the prairie to the Sierra Nevada. Vernal pools along the route bloom with wildflowers in season.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
A circuit through this wildlife refuge in San Francisco Bay’s marshy delta region offers views of Mount Diablo, opportunities for bird watching, and the chance to see one of California’s rare tule elk herds.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.75
Follow the North Trail through a mixed evergreen forest containing vibrant stands of fragrant incense cedar and maroon-barked manzanita to a reconstructed Sierra Miwok village where the focal point is the largest chaw’se, or grinding rock, in North America. A huge flat rock lies at the heart of the meadow and there the women worked, in one of the most glorious kitchens nature could provide, surrounded by a woodland scented with incense cedar and thick with the oaks from which the Miwok harvested their staple crop, acorns.On the rock, outfitted with pestles and good company, the women prepared the acorns.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6