Hiking trails in Sacramento, California

Winter is time to stay indoors while summer is too hot to stay out for a long time. It left us with spring and fall of which fall is the best season to go hiking.  The temperate weather, beautiful foliage and unusual sights lure us to explore the scenic beauty that is nature. When fall arrives, it is time to lace up the boots and walk out of the doors.

North California is a place to go hiking all the time. However, fall times are best.
Some of these trails are rated between one and five.

South Yuba River State Park

About five and a half miles of Northwest of Nevada City is the start of two trailheads. One of those, the West Trail is wheelchair-accessible.

Two and a half miles into the wilderness when going, And about the same when returning via the East Trail upstream. During the hike, one can notice tiny white signs pointing out plants and bushes. A detour will take you down to Rush Creek, where you will find waterfalls.

South Yuba River Park

Via the East trail when going upstream, one can view, periodically, the Yuba River. A rock tunnel will afford you a view of blackberry and grape plants. This trail, however, offers no elevation. Pets are allowed. Kids and those on wheelchairs can hike for the first half mile both ways.

There are picnic tables in both directions, and the parking is off-highway. The beauty of the hike is the view of several Gold-rush era flumes.

One can drive from Sacramento and continue on Highway 49 toward Downieville to reach the trailhead. This route offers some surprises.

If heading straight further, you will reach Harmony Ridge Market on Highway 20 and can pick up a coffee and some snacks to munch on during the hike.
There are a few other trails in the area, and one can stop by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

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Muir Woods

The highlight of the hike is the coastal views from the Dipsea Trail. You will get to see deer and bobcats on the Ben Johnson Trail. It is better to leave early since the park closes at sunset.

The trail begins as the Dipsea Trail and connects to the Ben Johnson Trail, and then to the Hillside Trail. It winds up at the Muir Woods Visitor Center.  Plan to cover a distance of about 4.35-mile via a loop. There is some amount of elevation – 1,070 feet and it rated a 3 for Difficulty Level.  There is no parking fee but to gain admission to the park $5 is to be paid. Entry is free for children 15 and younger.

Pets are not allowed. Older kids who are adventurous and looking for some exercise can join in.This is not a wheelchair-accessible hike.

To increase the difficulty level, do the hike on the reverse.
Drop by the Visitors Center if you wish to learn more about the redwoods and the history of the area.

On the way back, stop by the Muir Beach. It is a little crowded and those with a photographic eye can choose early morning and late afternoon hours to get their best shots.

A little more info. – The park remains open from 8 a.m. to sunset, including on holidays.

Drive down the Interstate 80 west to Highway 37 west to Highway 101 south and go up the Highway 1 (Stinson Beach) exit. Go by the signs to Muir Woods.