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    Howard Ranch Trail

    Rancho Seco Recreational Area, California
    Elevation Gain591ft
    Trailhead Elevation254ft
    Elevation Min/Max247/304ft
    Elevation Start/End254/254ft

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    Gold River, CA
    Adventurer | 225 pts
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    This isn't really a hike so much as a nature walk, except you're walking through a bunch of cow patties... The rolling hills were nice enough but the pools were completely dry when we went (in April) so there wasn't much to it. They do have guided tours...
    Roseville, CA
    Adventurer | 290 pts
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    Beautiful lush green landscape with vernal pools full of water at the end of January. Wildflowers not yet blooming, but will be coming soon. Cumbulus clouds in the sky and views east to the oak woodlands of nearby sierra foothills and snow-covered mountains in the background. Grand views over a valley to the SE for about 1/4 of the hike. A very enjoyable and worthwhile hike this time of year. Probably better yet when wildflowers in bloom (over the next 2 to 8 weeks?). No one else was around and the trail seemed little visted. The walk is a relatively level and easy about 7 miles. Cattle on the range for part, and a bull who watched us but wasn't aggressive.

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    Rancho Seco Recreational Area
    Nearby City
    Rancho Seco Recreational Area
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    Sacramento Municipal Utility District, 6301 S St., Sacramento 95817 (mailing address: PO Box 15830, Sacramento 95852-1830); (888) 742-SMUD (7683); The recreation area phone number is (209) 748-2318.
    Local Contacts
    USGS Goose Creek CA; map and fact sheet at Trail maps also available at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center, located about 17 miles east of Rancho Seco at 13501 Franklin Blvd., near Galt.
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