Placer County boasts history, nature on short kid-friendly trail
This is the second in an ongoing series spotlighting trails in the Auburn area.
By Don Chaddock
A 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.
Run by Placer County Parks, there are two short kid-friendly trails. They are self-guided with signage.
If you head to the trail on the left, it’s a quick half-mile loop. Toward the end, you’ll spy a sign warning park visitors not to deface historical artifacts. A small trail starting at the sign will take you to a Native American grinding rock.
Along the way, you’ll see plenty of trees and a small seasonal creek.
Back at the parking lot, head to the other side for a slightly longer trail. Here you’ll find plenty of interesting trees (many preserved thanks to someone who is recognized by plaques along the way). There are also some great rocks my two younger children (ages 6 and 4) couldn’t resist climbing.
Here we spied lizards and butterflies. I would rate this trail easy. It’s flat and generally well-marked.
WHAT TO PACK:
It’s a short hike. With my two kids, it was maybe an hour, with lots of stops along the way. Bring water, sun screen and insect repellant. If you bring snacks, be sure to carry out the trash.
WHAT ARE GRINDING ROCKS?
Native Americans used them to grind acorns and other seeds into meal. They are considered archeological artifacts and should not be disturbed.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Drive down Auburn Folsom Road from Auburn and the park will be on the right, less than a mile from Douglas Boulevard.