Category Archives: Sierra foothills

hikes in the Sierra foothills

Wildflowers along Stevens Trail

On my recent hike on Stevens Trail, in the Sierra foothills near Colfax, I was astonished at how many wildflowers were already in bloom in the first week of February. There was such a variety that I decided to prepare … Continue reading

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Stevens Trail

Doing this hike with a couple of hiking buddies was a bit of a winter-time impromptu outing. The trail selected was the Stevens Trail, a Bureau of Land Management trail just outside of Colfax, along I-80 between Auburn and Truckee. … Continue reading

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South Fork American River Trail

The South Fork American River Trail, abbreviated SFART, is a relatively new trail (dedicated in October, 2010) in the Sierra Foothills several miles below Auburn.  The trail was a project of the American River Conservancy and is now operated and … Continue reading

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Auburn to Cool

The Truckee-based hiking club that I belong to is always ready to start hiking by early May.  Often the biggest challenge so early in the spring is finding routes that are clear of snow.  This year the first hike of … Continue reading

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Pioneer Trail – central portion

This hike turned out to be kind of an exploration of the portion of the Pioneer Trail from Bowman Lake Road to the equestrian staging area near Washington Overlook.  The Pioneer Trail runs for 25 miles, mostly along CA 20 from … Continue reading

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