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Get Outside with American River Conservancy

Every month, American River Conservancy (ARC) hosts alfresco events, including local hikes that range in difficulty level. Note: All programs require registration, and space is limited.

Geologic History Hike of the Sierra Nevada
August 8
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This moderate, four-mile hike (open to ages 12+ and well-behaved, leashed dogs) will include an overview of the region’s geologic history at Wrights Lake. Explore meadows, forests, and glacial and water features with views of Crystal Basin.

SUP on Lower Lake Clementine
August 12
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Lake Clementine in the Auburn State Recreation Area with volunteer Ami Stroud. Participants need to bring a paddle and board (hard shell or inflatable) and be able to stand for two hours with enough balance to drop to their knees or bottom to absorb waves from powerboats. Instruction on paddle strokes will be provided. Ages 14+ welcome.

Overnight Backpack Trip
August 15-16
beginning at 8 a.m.
This intermediate, two-day hike will cover 14 miles around Granite Chief Whiskey Creek, Five Lakes Trail, and Shanks Cove Trail. Open to experienced backpackers, it requires you to bring your own supplies and food, and costs $55 per person.

Wildlife Photography “Hike”
August 15
8 a.m. to noon
Photographer Ken Mahar will lead a short hike while providing step-by-step wildlife photography instructions. Note: A camera is not necessary to join; open to ages 12+.

Capturing Wakamatsu: A Poetry Walk/Workshop
August 30
10 a.m. to noon
Taylor Graham, El Dorado County’s first Poet Laureate, and award-winning, Sacramento-area poet, Katy Brown, will lead an exploration of the farmhouse, barn, and surroundings of Wakamatsu then ask participants to write a poem inspired by what they’ve experienced.

As of press time, all programs are tentative due to rapidly changing health guidelines. For updated information and to register, visit or call 530-621-1224.

Do you have a favorite trail in the region you’d like to see featured? Tell us all about it at [email protected].

by  Emily Peter-Corey
Photos © Ron Osborn and courtesy of American River Conservancy