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December in the Sacramento Area for the non-skier

December in the Sacramento Area for the non-skier

Nov 23rd, 2011, 01:48 PM
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December in the Sacramento Area for the non-skier

I'll be in Sacramento/Granite Bay area for 2 days and 1 night, and I was wondering if something could recommend some hikes in the adjacent region. I know Tahoe is close by, buy we don't want to ski or snowboard.

What about the national forests?
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 03:03 PM
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It depends on your idea of "close by." South Lake Tahoe is almost 3 hours from Sacramento.

Check out www.trails.com and look at Sacramento and Central Valley for trails that may fit your needs.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 03:24 PM
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The American River Parkway runs for nearly 30 miles from Downtown Sacramento to Folsom Lake very near Granite Bay.

There are also lots of trails around both Folsom lake and Lake Natoma.

Or on other forks of the American River farther up in the foothills.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 03:36 PM
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Tahoe is only 2 hours from Sacto. Hiking/biking along the American River Parkway. Folsom Dam area. Auburn area also has hiking, which is closer to Granite Bay. I am not a hiker, so can't give too much advice.




Hope this helps.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 03:37 PM
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Rent a bike or kayak. The trail along the American River has lots of geocaches if you want to take up the sport.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 07:35 PM
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You could also visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park. It has some nice walks/hikes (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25238). It is south of Auburn on Hwy 49.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 10:27 PM
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Auburn Recreational Area has many hikes. Here's a link to some:


Closer to Granite Bay is Folsom Lake Rec Area:

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Nov 25th, 2011, 12:08 PM
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oops, typo........thanks, MichelleY! Keep in mind that if you come in the winter, inclement weather could affect travel time. I don't consider a 2 hour drive "close by," but I have a relatively short attention span.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 03:11 PM
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The Grass Valley/Nevada City area is a good place to go and not far from Sac.
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