Gibson Ranch Regional Park Loop Trail

North Highlands, California

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Gibson Ranch provides a regional park experience for residents of the growing suburbs of northeastern Sacramento County and southeastern Placer County. The park was established to preserve a slice of the county’s agrarian heritage, which is fast disappearing under suburban pavement. School children visit to learn about farm life, Civil War reenactors stage historic battles, and equestrians favor the park’s extensive road and trail system. The 300-acre park also includes a large lake, an extensive wetland, and more than a mile of the Dry Creek Parkway. Hikers have several options, including the nearly 3.0-milelong Park Loop, which circumnavigates the park’s boundary; the 2.0 mile out-and-back stroll along Dry Creek; and a short stroll around scenic Gibson Lake. This description focuses on the Park Loop. The many short and level walking options, water attractions, and livestock make this a great destination for families with young children.
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Top Trails Sacramento

by Steven L. Evans (Wilderness Press)

Gibson Ranch provides a regional park experience for residents of the growing suburbs of northeastern Sacramento County and southeastern Placer County. The park was established to preserve a slice of the county’s agrarian heritage, which is fast disappearing under suburban pavement. School children visit to learn about farm life, Civil War reenactors stage historic battles, and equestrians favor the park’s extensive road and trail system. The 300-acre park also includes a large lake, an extensive wetland, and more than a mile of the Dry Creek Parkway. Hikers have several options, including the nearly 3.0-milelong Park Loop, which circumnavigates the park’s boundary; the 2.0 mile out-and-back stroll along Dry Creek; and a short stroll around scenic Gibson Lake. This description focuses on the Park Loop. The many short and level walking options, water attractions, and livestock make this a great destination for families with young children.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: North Highlands
Length: 2.86
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best: Fall, Spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Gibson Ranch County Park
Local Maps: USGS Rio Linda
Topo Map: Gibson Ranch Regional Park Loop Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Top Trails Sacramento Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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6/6/2010

I do NOT recommend the full loop for a hot day. The short up and back is fine and in the shade (people were splashing in the creek along the trail). But, the full loop of the park is dry and dusty and HOT with little shade on a summer day. Also - the trail is also used for group horse tours of the ranch - watch for droppings - they are numerous! I did however like the full loop, but will save it for fall/winter when the mountains are too cold.

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