Deer Creek Hills offers free hiking and use of horse trails and monthly events

Special to the Valley Community Newspapers

by linda thomas

by Linda Thomas

Make your experience what you want at Deer Creek Hills in 2013. Sacramento’s largest open space preserve is now opened every Saturday for a new trail exploring the 4,400 acres of a working cattle ranch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 2 through May 25, 2013.
A self guided trail will be yours to trail run with your buddies, explore with your kids, take photographs of wildflower, bird watch or bring your plein aire art supplies to create your own art, observe wildlife or simply stroll the colorful rolling hillsides in the morning hours before the summer months arrive.
Each week a new trail is marked for you to explore and see more of Deer Creek Hills. Seasonal creek, vernal pools and ponds will be seen. Exposed rocks, tree roots and uneven surfaces will be the hiking surface. Simply bring your cell phone, sturdy boots, water supply and high energy snacks regardless of your activity. Check-in with SVC staff to exchange cell phone numbers and handoff your signed liability form and make Deer Creek Hills what you want! The gates to the private preserve are unlocked at 9 a.m. and are locked at 1 p.m. by SVC staff.

Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s monthly featured outing for February is, Geology & Gold History of Deer Creek Hills scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10. Both geology and the history of gold mining that took place at Deer Creek Hills will be shared along the trail. Evidence of many different types of mining; sluice box, hydrology and flume ditches will be highlighted.

Guides for this outing will be SVC Lead Geology Docent Robert H. Sydnor, Engineering Geologist & Hydrogeologist and SVC Lead History Docent, David Scharlach, who will share their knowledge and passion to gold mining history at Deer Creek Hills.

Celebrating more than 22 years of protecting open space and accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, the Sacramento Valley Conservancy is a private, non-profit land trust founded in 1990 on two basic principles–that open lands are necessary for quality of life and that we must save land today so future generations may enjoy its benefits tomorrow. The Conservancy buys land only from willing sellers, and works cooperatively with private landowners and public and private funding sources to create win-win solutions. More information about SVC, including the East Sacramento Blue Oak Hills Area project, our Sacramento Prairie Vernal Pool Area, the Dry Creek Parkway, Elkhorn Basin Ranch and other projects can be found on the organization’s website at  www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org.

If you go:
What: Free Hike on new trails every week, at a private open space preserve
When: 9am-1:00pm every Saturday from February 2 through May 25
Where: Deer Creek Hills Preserve
Who: All ages
Cost: FREE
Register online: www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

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