Explore the great outdoors

Published in the Summer PRG 2017

Placer Land Trust

You don’t have to search hard to find research touting the benefits of spending time in nature. Whether your family needs to “unplug” and reconnect with each other, or reduce stress and take advantage of the many health benefits that come with being outdoors, Placer Land Trust can help you achieve your goals.

Placer Land Trust works with willing landowners to protect natural and agricultural lands in Placer County so that the places that make this region special are still around for future generations. When possible, we open these lands to the public allowing for outdoor recreation and exploration close to home. Three of our preserves make ideal outings for families—easily accessible for short or all day excursions:

Miners Ravine Preserve in Roseville has parking right off of Sierra College Boulevard. In addition to helping with flood control, this basin functions as a natural wetlands making it perfect for wildlife viewing. It’s a wonderful place for a picnic. Don’t forget to bring your bikes or walking shoes as this preserve connects to 27 miles of paved bike trails throughout Roseville.   

Auburn School Park Preserve, in Auburn between downtown and Old Town, provides a unique urban setting boasting beautiful oak woodlands with several “heritage oaks” (over 150 years), a short interpretive trail, a restored perennial stream, and the renovated historic Cooper Amphitheater—all making it the perfect location for small family outings and large community events alike.

Canyon View Preserve lies just north of Auburn with easy access and parking right off of I-80 at the Bowman Road exit. This preserve has 1.5 miles of trails that are open from dawn to dusk, and a picnic area with tables and a shade awning where you can take in amazing views of the American River Canyon and the Foresthill Bridge. Canyon View Trail has been recognized and showcased by National Geographic and the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Council as one of the best destinations for travelers seeking an authentic experience of the region. 

For those looking for longer hikes and unique educational experiences, you can join Placer Land Trust on our free guided hikes offered each month. Let our docents lead you through our private preserves on outings that include geology lessons, wildflower tours, birding and photography classes, night hikes where you can experience oak woodlands under the stars, along with many other types of adventures. Many of our events are family-friendly, providing ways for those of all ages and abilities to spend time on these beautiful preserves.

For more information on our events, hikes, and preserves, or how to become a Placer Land Trust member, visit our website at www.placerlandtrust.org or give us a call at 530.887.9222. We hope to see you on the trails!

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