Best Hiking Trails In Davis
April 30, 2019
The weather is warming, leaving students fixated on their studies yearning for an outdoor adventure. There are a multitude of hikes easily accessible from your home at the UC housing plans. If you’re looking for a little escape, try these ten outdoor excursions.
1. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve
Head over to Winters and you’ll find Stebbins. This trail is under UCD jurisdiction, which means its open to hikers all year-round. You can access a handful of trails via the Putah Creek Wildlife Area, which range from flat and easy to rough and steep. Whatever your experience level is, there’s a trail for it at Stebbins.
2. Lagoon Valley Park
Lagoon Valley Park is a flat, simple hike in Vacaville. While it doesn’t pose much of a challenge, it does offer stunning views of California’s nature scene. A misty pond lies just beyond wildflowers and reeds, redwood trees provide ample shade, and mountains offer a beautiful backdrop. The best part is that you can walk the entire trail in about half a day.
3. Palomarin Trailhead
Polomarin lies in Point Reyes at Bolinas, offering hikers an even mix of sun and shade. As you walk through the sheltered forests and open valleys, the trail will lead you to a waterfall that’s perfect for photo shoots.
You can find a handful of hikes outside of the main trail, though, ranging from six to ten-mile round trips. It will take a few trips to find your favorite. Keep in mind that this location is roughly two hours away from the University of California in Davis. So, plan for an all-day trip.
4. Lake Tahoe
The ever-popular Lake Tahoe trails take hikers through beautiful mountain scenes. Emerald Bay Trail is a favorite here, opening up to stunning views of the bay as you reach the peak. Whichever trails you choose, this is an excellent place to connect with nature.
5. Lake Berryessa
Nappa Valley is renowned for its wineries, but the hiking here is incredible. Berryessa is an enormous lake surrounded by some of the best trails in the area. Due to the sheer size of these trails, you might want to bring a GPS.
The top attraction here is called the Glory Hole, which is an enormous opening to a pipeline that keeps the reservoir from overflowing. The result looks like a giant bathtub draining. If you want to catch this sight, head to Berryessa after a heavy rain.
6. Black Hole at Calcutta Falls
Nearby in Auburn you can find the Black Hole, a series of sub-trails that hug the American River. This area gets its name from the black appearance of the rocks that sit beneath various waterfalls. It’s a serene, relaxing hike that’s perfect for moderate skill levels and nature lovers.
7. South Fork American River Trail
Heading away from the falls at Calcutta, you can continue down the American River to the South Fork. This is your launching pad to 35 miles of trails that start in Sacramento and end in Coloma. Wherever you head, you’re in for some the best scenery in the area.
Along the way, you can observe just shy of 1/5 of California’s native plant life. The paths are nice and wide to help hikers leave the plants undisturbed, making this an excellent trek for a group. Plus, you have the cool air flowing the river and plenty of shade to fight of the heat.
8. The Quarry Trail
Heading back over to Auburn, The Quarry Trail is an easily walkable trail through forested mountains. Once a limestone mining quarry, the area is rich with caves to explore as well. This is a trail for the adventurous, whether they’re seasoned hikers or simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle and the city.
9. Sacramento Recreational River
If you’ve ever wondered what the area was like before civilization, the trails along the Sacramento River are as close as you can get. This is where you’ll find deer traversing rolling hills, songbirds tweeting in the trees, and salmon rushing upstream.
With dozens of scenic views, there are ample opportunities for selfies and picnics. You can even catch rafters and kayakers heading down the river during the summer months. Trails here range from simplistic to rugged, just as nature intended.
10. Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail
Stretching 32 miles as it winds through various parks in Sacramento, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is one of the more beautiful in the area. The trails here are paved, making them a popular choice for the easy-going hiker, while the length is excellent for those seeking a challenge.
It isn’t uncommon to run into other nature enthusiasts here, making a friend or two along the way. Thanks to its connection to various parks, you can also find plenty of places to stop and relax along the way.
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