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    Top Spots in and near Valley Springs

    • Jackson, California

      Lake Tabeaud Loop

      2.31 mi / 433 ft gain
      Lake Tabeaud Loop is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Jackson, California.
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    • Angels Camp, California

      Upper Natural Bridge Trail

      1.9 mi / 410 ft gain
      Upper Natural Bridge Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Columbia, California.
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    • Sonora, California

      Bouldering at Columbia College

      Get your hands on some limestone bouldering at this spot. There's actually two locations for bouldering in this area, Columbia College and Columbia State Park (about less than a 10 min. drive from Columbia College), but I made this specific adventure for climbing on the college. GPS Coordinates f...
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    • Arnold, California

      Hike the North Grove Trail in Calaveras Big Trees SP

      5.0
      1.7 mi / 40 ft gain
      When thinking of the iconic Sequoias of the Sierra Nevada, one usually thinks of Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. However, there is a often forgotten area of Giant Sierra Redwoods that gets far less traffic than the more popular groves. The North Grove Trail takes you through a grove of over 1...
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    • Tuolumne County, California

      Hike the South Grove Trail in Big Trees SP

      3.7
      5 mi / 560 ft gain
      The South Grove Trail of Calaveras Big Trees State Park sees far less traffic than the North Grove due to its increased mileage and distance from the park entrance. The trail starts at the South Grove Trail head which is located nine miles east of the entrance on the main park road. The trailhead...
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    • Placerville, California

      Rock Climb the Cosumnes River Gorge

      5.0
      Consumes River Gorge is a good climbing spot that is relativity close to Sacramento, California. it is located just outside of Placerville, California, making it a must-stop climbing spot for any Sacramento or Eldorado county local. The climbing spot boasts granite climbing areas with over a hund...
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    • Galt, California

      Hike the Cosumnes River Walk Trail

      3.1 mi / 16 ft gain
      This trail is a short, easy, accessible and beautiful trail for a nice afternoon walk (or photoshoot).   I recommend the River Walk Trail (~3 miles).  It is flat and easy to walk.  There are multiple loops so you can turn back at any time. There are small bridges, access to the water, meadows, e...
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    • Carmichael, California

      Levee Path/American River Bike Trail: Williams Pond Rec Area to Watt Ave

      5.93 mi / 112 ft gain
      Levee Path/American River Bike Trail: Williams Pond Rec Area to Watt Ave is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Carmichael, California.
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    • Gold River, California

      Hike the American River Parkway: Fair Oaks Bridge to Hazel Ave.

      5.0
      4.7 mi / 249 ft gain
      This area is possibly one of my favorite stretches of trail along the American River Parkway (for my route, click here. On this trail, you'll get great views of the American River, experience lush fern gullies, and depending on the seasons can see all sorts of wildlife, mostly birds along with t...
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    • Pollock Pines, California

      Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail at Sly Park

      4.0
      8.19 mi / 640 ft gain
      The Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail runs along Jenkinson Lake, making for an easy, shaded, and well-marked hike that the entire family can enjoy. The full loop is over eight miles, but can be easily modified into a shorter trip, as well. Along the way, you will see a variety of activities along the la...
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    • Carmichael, California

      Hike through the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve

      4.3
      4.48 mi / 161 ft gain
      DetailsEffie Yeaw Nature Preserve is named after Effie Yeaw, a teacher, conservationist and environmental educator who frequented the area on educational nature walks. She was one of the leading forces behind preserving the land now known as The American River Parkway.Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve...
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    • Groveland, California

      Drive the Yosemite Valley Loop

      4.3
      Upon entering Yosemite Valley National Park I made it a point to see Half Dome, El Capitan, and Washington Column and several other famous Yosemite formations. What I didn't realize was as soon as I entered The Village was that all could be seen within a 15 minute loop around the valley floor. Th...
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    • Pinecrest, California

      Hike to Cleo's Bath

      4.5
      6.5 mi / 1263 ft gain
      This 6+ mile hike is located at Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest located in Tuolumne County and features a lake, river, forest, waterfall, and swimming hole. It is accessible year-round,  in winter there will be snow, and the hike is dog friendly except between May 15th-September ...
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    • Bear Valley, California

      Ski or Snowboard at Skyline Bear Valley

      5.0
      Bear Valley is nestled in the high Sierra between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.  It is a popular destination for families and nature lovers.  It boasts 1,900 vertical feet over 1680 acres for skiing and snowboarding. Winter is a popular time at Bear Valley.  Most visitors come to ski or snowboard, but...
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    • Bear Valley, California

      Snowshoe Bear Valley

      5.0
      Bear Valley is a family friendly destination for snowshoeing and snow play.  There are numerous trails to explore while snowshoeing.  Don't be afraid to take a break and start a snowball fight!  There are shops located near the resort to rent snowshoes and other snow play accessories. There are s...
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    • Arnold, California

      Snow Camp at Bull Run Lake

      15 mi / 2400 ft gain
      This is a long, beautiful snowshoe to a lake that is very accessible in the summer but almost untouched in the winter! There are a couple of ways to access the lake during the winter, but this is the most interesting: Starting at the easternmost sno-park along Highway 4 going east of Bear Valley,...
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    Camping and Lodging in Valley Springs

    Oak Knoll Campground
    Valley Springs, California

    Oak Knoll Campground

    Acorn Campground
    Valley Springs, California

    Acorn Campground

    Observation Point Picnic Shelter (Ca)
    Valley Springs, California

    Observation Point Picnic Shelter (Ca)

    Deer Flat Boat In Campground
    Valley Springs, California

    Deer Flat Boat In Campground

    Coyote Point
    Farmington, California

    Coyote Point

    Glory Hole Recreation Area
    Angels Camp, California

    Glory Hole Recreation Area

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Valley Springs

    6 of the Best Places to Hike and Shoot near Sacramento

    6 of the Best Places to Hike and Shoot near Sacramento

    Glenn Robinson