Take a Hike with American River Conservancy
Every month, American River Conservancy (ARC) hosts nature events including local hikes. This month will see four hikes ranging in difficulty level and open to those 14 years and older. Be sure to sign up by contacting Julie at [email protected] or 530-621-1224. A $10 donation is suggested.
Stagecoach Trail Hike on October 4 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
This three-mile hike is moderately strenuous and loops from Tinker Cut-off to Stage Coach Trail to Flood Road providing glorious views of the canyon and confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River, and the Foresthill Bridge.
Training Hill Hike on October 11 from 1:30-5 p.m.
This very strenuous two-and-a-half hike will loop from Training Hill to one of the last legs of the Western States Trail where the first mile is almost straight up. At the top you’ll connect with the Pointed Rocks Trail (with good views of Lake Folsom and many pointed rocks) then descend on the Western States trail which is a beautiful shady trail with oaks, pines, cedars, and grasses, and two easy creek crossings.
Olmstead Loop Hike on October 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a five-mile loop hike off the southern section of the larger Olmstead Loop that will take you through predominantly blue oak woodlands to alongside one of the larger ponds.
Cronan Ranch Hike on October 20 from 8:30-11 a.m.
Hike a challenging loop at the Cronan Ranch Trails and enjoy a variety of terrain, great views of the river, and the rolling prairie on this challenging five-to-seven-mile hike with some elevation change. This hike is fit for those 10 years and older.
Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction, dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, remember sun protection (hat, sunscreen), and, as always, pack out what you pack in. Remember to keep to the right.
For more information, visit arconservancy.org
By EMILY PETER