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Trail Tips from the American River Conservancy
The trail tips in episode one were filmed on the beautiful public Cronan Ranch Trail near Coloma.
There are approximately 28 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian use between the Salmon Falls bridge at Folsom Lake to highway 49 near Coloma. With fantastic vistas of the river gorge to rolling oak woodlands, the great outdoors right in your own backyard are just a short distance from El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay and Sacramento. The Coloma/Lotus valley is a wealth of recreational opportunities. With world famous rapids enjoyed by rafters and kayakers alike, the water sports are extremely popular during the warm weather months. Fishing, trail use, history and culture treasures at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park and of course the wineries, are all very accessible.
The American River Conservancy
1. Hike responsibly on designated trails. Stay on the trail even if it’s hard to walk on. Creating shortcuts or walking on the edges of the trail fosters erosion.
2. Respect the rights of others. Ask permission before crossing private property. Be cautious around horses, some may spook easily creating a dangerous situation.
3. Comply with all signs and barriers. Leave gates as you find them.
4. Buddy up with two or more hikers. Hiking by yourself can leave you vulnerable if there is an accident. Wait for your buddies at trail intersections.
5. Educate yourself on the area you are hiking in. Obtain a good trail map of the area.
6. Always tell someone of your hiking plans. Check the weather, and check the status of the trail to see if it is closed or you need a permit.
7. Carry water, a compass (or GPS unit), and dress in layers.
8. In heat, stay cool by having a wet bandana around your neck.
9. Avoid sensitive areas like, meadows, lakeshore, wetlands and streams, unless they are on designated areas.
10. Don’t feed the wildlife. In the long run, it’s harmful to them.
11. Yield to uphill hikers.
12. A trekking pole or walking stick, can make your hike on uneven terrain easier and more enjoyable.
13. Carry out what you carry in. Keep the outdoors litter free. “Leave no trace”.
14. Stop and smell the flowers, look at the hills and trees, enjoy yourself and have fun.