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Notes from the Trail
By Don Chaddock

Robie Point Fire Break Trail

Robie_Point_01About a quarter-mile down Highway 49 from Lincoln Way is one of the most family friendly trails in the American River Canyon.

The best thing I like about this trail is the ease of access. I don’t have to drive all the way down to the bottom of the canyon. It’s an extremely short drive and there currently is no day-use…

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Miner’s Ravine

hike miners ravine signA short drive from Auburn is a park and trail loop rich in history, nature and wildlife. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot birds, maybe a few deer, lizards and butterflies.

Miners Ravine Nature Reserve is open from dawn until dusk. There is ample parking at the park at 7530 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay.

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Canyon View Preserve

canyon_view_preserve_6_foresthill_bridgeThere is a gem hidden on Upper Lincoln Way, just below the Cal-Star helicopter pad – a family friendly hiking trail. The relatively new trail and nature preserve is owned and operated by Placer Land Trust.

Known as Canyon View Preserve, the small trail has really made strides since it was opened a few years ago. Expansion has included a picnic area complete with benches and a shade structure.

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Dust on Your Boots

dust_on_your_boots4I’ve always been an outdoorsy type, with my dad and grandfather taking me camping, hunting and hiking. While I no longer hunt, the scent of pine trees along the vast network of trails in the Auburn area can take me back to those childhood trips in the forest.

This is the first of a resurrected series dubbed Notes from the Trail. I regularly wrote this column about 10 years ago andVisitAuburnCA.com thought it was time to bring it back to life.

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