The Lake Natoma Loop Trail provides stunning views. | Photo by @Opus91
From quick and easy loops around town to drives that take you to fantastic lakes and mountains, our city has so many options to hit the trail. So lace up your hiking boots, because we’ve compiled a hiking guidefor the Sacramento area with nine routes and trails to help you plan your next adventure and experiencebreathtaking views.
Note: While parks and trails may be listed as open, we recommend checking park websites before visiting for further info, current trail conditions, and safest practices for the area.
Whether you start in Discovery Park or in Folsom, this is one of the more breathtaking (and breathtakingly easy) trails to access in the region. There’s also no need to walk the whole thing — jump on and off the paved path whenever you’d like (we personally recommend the stretch near the American River Parkway).
Oak woodlands, relics of Gold Rush history, and wildlife-rich marshes are a-plenty at this paved trail located in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Pro tip: Be sure to watch the water as you walk — you might just see a family of river otters.
This brief path — which runs along the American River — is one of the very best places to observe Sacramento’s wildlife, like turkeys, woodpeckers, and deer. Keep an eye out for interpretive signs about the river’s ecosystem + the life of the indigenous Nisenan people who once called the area home.
You can go chasing waterfalls at this popular + straightforward hike in Placer County. With its tranquil sights and sounds, the trail is generally considered perfect for families — just know that reservations are currently required for entry on weekends.
This wide dirt path chases the majestic Middle Fork of the American River and features sheer limestone rock faces, and passes a cave known for its paleontological excavations. The path is perfect for trail runners or those wanting a moderate hike in the Sierra foothills.
Free Play Sunday | Sun., Sept. 25 | 4 p.m. | Coin-Op, 908 K St. | Free | All games are free on Sunday at this local bar-cade. 🕹
“Where The Wild Things Are” | Sun., Sept. 25 | 3 p.m. | Crest Theatre | $5 | A young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures in this film based on the classic children’s tale. 📽
This week’s rain and cooler temperatureshave given firefightersa boost against the Mosquito Fire. As of Thursday morning, the fire has reached 60% containment, and evacuation orders have been lifted throughout Placer and El Dorado counties. (KCRA 3)
This year’s finalists for the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards — which honors impactful companies in our area — have been named. The winners will be announced Tues., Nov. 1 during an awards ceremony held at The Sofia. Some of the finalists include FloraPulse, EyeRate, and Ravata Solutions. 🏆 (Sacramento Inno)
Local comedian Marcus Parker has released his debut stand-up comedy special on Amazon: Prime Video, titled “I’m a Grown Ass Man.” The special will also be streamed tomorrow evening at Tiger Restaurant and Lounge. Get tickets here. 🎤 (Sac Bee)
Check out this timelapse video from the Sacramento Kings showing the demolition of their former home, Sleep Train Arena. Long known as ARCO Arena, the Kingsplayed their home games at the venue from 1988-2016 before moving to Golden 1 Center. 🚧
Placer Valley Tourism — the nonprofit focused on driving visitors to Rocklin, Roseville, and Lincoln — has namedKim Summers as its permanent CEO. Kim has been with the organization since 2008, and has served as its interim CEO since the death of former CEO David Attaway earlier this year. (Sac Biz Journal)
Plans have changed for Davis’ University Mall, after New York-based owner Brixmor Property Group Inc. submitted a new proposal that does not include any residential units. According to the group, Trader Joe’s would be the only current occupant that would remain at the site, with the rest of the businesses being replaced. 🏗 (Sac Biz Journal)
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