Top 4 Hiking Trails in Sacramento, CA:
Contrary to what some of my friends may think, I'm not always an 80 year old grandma who thrives off of hot tea, early nights by the fire and GOP debates. Although I will unashamedly admit that I’m a proud grandma at heart, my occasional grandma tendencies don’t prevent me from pulling out my fancy pants for a fun weekend. Side note, now that we are on the topic of weekends, can we all agree that they are seriously a gift for God? I can't tell you how many times I've been so incredibly close to booking a one way ticket to Hawaii until I realize it’s the weekend, which means rejuvenation time.
But putting aside how incredible weekends are, unfortunately I've been in a creative weekend slump for the past year or so. Over the past year I've been obsessed with going to cute restaurants with my friends on the weekends, primarily because it’s the only thing to do in Elk Grove, but also because I adore trying yummy food and the subtle life pause that sitting down to eat allows us to take. Here’s the downside: going to an artsy restaurant and having awesome talks doesn’t always last that long. And in my case, you’re often left sitting on your phone trying to think of something, ANYTHING, worthwhile to do Elk Greezy, also known as the land of Targets and food places. But the good news is that I'm writing this post to inform anyone else who's been in a creative weekend slump that if you’re willing to sacrifice a little extra time planning, you might be able to say adios to your predictable weekend routine spent strolling the aisles of Target. Okay, maybe that's just me.
Over the past two months I’ve found my new addiction and fantastic weekend saver: GOING ON HIKES. Now quite ironically as I'm typing this post, it's pouring down rain. But with this moody weekend aside, the weather has been absolutely stunning in Sacramento this past month and fortunately for us, the greater Sacramento area has some incredible hiking trails. So, if you’re interested, I'm going to list three of the hiking trails that I visited this month that have quite miraculously forced my granny legs to get moving, some much needed vitamin D on my cheeks and last but not least, added some much needed spice to my uncreative and predictable weekend routine.
Hidden Falls: Hidden falls is located in Auburn, CA, and although it's an absolutely stunning trail, it's definitely a tourist attraction. But quite honestly the fact that it's a tourist attraction doesn’t bother me a bit because I feel like a tourist most of the time anyway. Last month my hiking partners in crime Aimee, Debs and I did a main sweep through of Hidden Falls and fell head over heels in love with the fresh scenery and stunning waterfalls. Although Hidden Falls does have several different routes, a majority of the routes intermingle. Hidden Falls is without a doubt the perfect hike to go if you’re a newbie like me who would love to ease their way into the adventurous life with easy parking, distinct, easy to follow routes and of course, mostly flat trails. There are so many beautiful waterfalls to see on this hike. I guarantee you will be blown away. Directions and information for Hidden Falls: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/parks/hidden-falls
Lake Berryessa: For some odd reason, I've always wrongly assumed that Lake Berryessa was super far away. But in reality if you live in the Sacramento area, Lake Berryessa is only two or so hours away. Plus as an added bonus, the drive is to Lake Berryessa is beautiful and if you have a DJ in the car, try rolling down the windows and jamming hard core. The last half hour to hour of the drive to Berryessa is absolutely gorgeous, just make sure your driver keeps his/her eyes on the road because it can get pretty intense driving around the tight corners. There are several different options for hiking near Lake Berryessa. If you want a calf burning, gnarly hike with a stunning overlook of the entire lake, I highly recommend Stebbins Cold Canyon Trail. However if you are burnt out from a long week and looking for something a bit more relaxing, head over to the North Shore. My favorite shore hike is the Smittle Creek Hike. The North Shore has several campsites where you can easily park, unload and begin your adventure around the lake’s shore. Here is an awesome website that gives you directions and maps of both of the hikes I listed above: http://www.napahiking.com/lake_district_lake_berryessa.htm
Lake Natoma (Big Tits Rocks): This is definitely an adventure hike, meaning that the primary attraction for going to this trail is not necessarily the path or view, but rather climbing the giant boulders near Lake Natoma. Even though the view from the top of the boulders is not jaw dropping, I found it really exhilarating trying to maneuver from one steep rock to another. Again this hike is certainly not as user friendly as Hidden Falls is, but there is a convenient parking lot a few blocks down in old town Folsom. Plus as an added bonus, the sun’s rays are absolutely radiant when reflecting off the rocks. So it’s the perfect place to pull out some sandwiches, indie music and soak in some much needed vitamin D. Directions to the "Big Tits” trail and cliffs: http://www.myfolsom.com/visitor-guide/lake-natoma/ .
That's all for now...But I hope these small descriptions were helpful and perhaps inspired you to grab some Nikes, a ten dollar bill for gas and restore your boring weekends to life again.