Trails in Northern California

Trails in Northern California

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August 11, 2012

Miners Ravine near Roseville, CA

The trail head is behind UA Theaters on Eureka! 

Updated on Nov. 9, 2012: This local dirt trail is ideal for getting the kids outdoors. There is a stream with beaver dams, indian grinding rocks, shade, and room to run.  First I am posting new photos of the dazzling autumn colors (not edited or enhanced) from my hike yesterday (Nov, 2012) then the previously written article, photos, and information I had posted here before will follow.

Often you see ducks and geese here and occasionally some other wildlife.

Autumn 2012
Here in our community is this wonderful trail with rolling hills, trees, wildlife, a pond, and as strenuous or easy a hike as you personally choose. 

This is one view of the pond in Miners Ravine that invites geese, ducks, and other wildlife. Its a great place for a picnic with the kids!

This is where you leave the paved bike trail and head into the woods. It will be on your left just after you cross a foot bridge.

Foothill Hikers introduced me to this area or I wouldn't have know to get off of the bike trails!

At times you will walk along the creek and often in the shade.

You'll cross under this bridge, not picturesque yet, but it gets better!

One of my favorite ways to kick this one up a notch is to jog up and down these hills.  They are steeper than they look!

Ducks, geese and other wildlife visit the Miners Ravine Pond.  There aren't tables, but a blanket would do..

Soon you'll see the beaver dam and evidence of their residency! 

There are a couple of dams in place although I guess for flood reasons, sometimes they get disturbed.  The beavers are ambitious though and they erect new ones!

A little history here in our own backyard...historic indian grinding rocks!
More of the hills I like to jog...

I couldn't resist the reflections here!
Remember to look up for wildlife too!  Birds of prey live here as well as garden variety birds.

This is the creek as you near the end of this hike.

Miners Ravine Trail Map
Distance: 5.9 miles as posted, but so many options make it totally adjustable to fit your needs.
Difficulty: This can be easy to moderate as a hike. It would make a nice trail run also.
Location: It is in the Rocklin/Roseville area but easy access for Sacramento and Loomis right off of 80 near 65. I park at the back of the UA Theaters parking lot on Eureka Road near the marked trail head . It is posted and leaves the parking lot paved as a bicycle trail, but you'll turn off and hike as shown above.
You can park on the dead end street at the other end of the loop by taking Sierra College Road east off of Highway 80. Turn right on El Don Road. Turn left on Foothill Road. At the corner you turn right and it is then Greenbrae. Follow it to the end taking the left fork as shown on the map below.
Click on this Miners Ravine Trail elevation profile and see the details clearly.

Foothill Hikers also have tracks posted on Wikiloc with a hiking variation of this same area.

Happy Trails!

updated Nov. 2012