Howard Ranch Trail

Sacramento, California

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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.
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by Tracy Salcedo- Chourre (Falcon Guides)

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.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sacramento
Distance: 6.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Year-round. Closing hours change seasonally, but generally correspond with sunset.
Local Contacts: Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6301 S St., Sacramento 95817 (mailing address: PO Box 15830, Sacramento 95852-1830); (888) 742SMUD (7683); www.smud.org. The recreation area phone number is (209) 748-2318.
Local Maps: USGS Goose Creek CA; map and fact sheet can be downloaded from www.cosumnes.org/recreation/howard%20Trail.pdf. Trail maps also available at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center, located about 17 miles Howard
Driving Directions: Directions to Howard Ranch Trail

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