Trails in Northern California

Trails in Northern California

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November 28, 2012

Miners Ravine Reserve in Rocklin, CA

Miners Ravine Reserve in Rocklin, CA offers two short historical loops. 

     One trail is interpretive and is .5 miles long; both have benches along the way to pause for moments of reflection.  An overgrown brooklet runs through the area shaded by oaks, but where blackberry briars impede hikers from wandering off the designated trails.  The poison oak appears to have been removed, although I would watch for it.  This is also a natural habitat for rattlesnakes.  There is an information board in the parking area that gives the historical significance of the area previously known as Allentown. A map of the trail is shown.



 The trail heading south of the parking is posted.  It is wide and well maintained.


 A real oak leaf, not poison oak.  (I didn't see any poison oak,
but it loves this area, so do watch for it.)
 
 Signs like this are part of the interpretive loop.

 From the north side of the parking lot is a short loop that is well shaded and 
offers recognition in the form of a plaque and a bench.
 
 I was surprised to see this bloom so late and with so much "weather" lately. 
They are quite beautiful and colorful!

 This section is typical of what to expect.  The benches may be damp or wet this time of year (autumn) but are serene places to sit and enjoy the fresh air and wild outdoor setting.


 This is the memorial bench.
 

 
There are some blooms and lots of autumn color amidst the thick blanket of berry briars.  Along the creek cattails are tall but few.  You can take your dogs for walks on these trails.

     Large parking is available which is located on the west side of Auburn Folsom Road, north of Douglas Blvd. in Rocklin, CA.

Happy Trails!