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Best Easy Day Hikes: Fresno
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)
This section of the growing San Joaquin River Parkway trail system traces the top of a bluff overlooking the San Joaquin River and its floodplain. Woodward Park is at the hikes turnaround point, and views of the high Sierra accompany the return.
Best Dog Hikes Southern California
by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)
This is a perfect example of a relatively flat urban hike combining the paved multi-use section of the San Joaquin River Parkway and its dirt shoulder with the natural setting of the Tom MacMichael Sr. Trail. The outline of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the east is an added visual treat.The hike begins on the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies’ 20-acre patch of land above the San Joaquin River, the primary water source serving San Joaquin Valley cities and farmland. The property showcases a historic 1890s ranch house, River Studies and Conservation Trust buildings, gardens, a vineyard, a picnic area, and a gift shop.
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