Do you and your pup love to spend your weekends hitting the trails? Or maybe you prefer a more leisurely walk in nature? Whatever your preference, I've rounded up six of my favorite places to take my dogs hiking in the Sacramento area.

river bend park


Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Large parking lot - $6 or use Sacramento County Regional Parks pass

Hours: Year-round from sunrise to sunset


River Bend Park is one of many stops along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, just across from William B. Pond Park. With 444 acres to explore, your dog won't tire of exploring the numerous trails here. There's also easy access to the American River for all those water-loving pups.

paradise beach


Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Large free parking lot

Hours: Year-round from sunrise to sunset


Paradise Beach is especially popular in the summer for swimming. It's a relatively short hike from the parking lot to the beach. The initial hill is a bit steep, but most of the terrain afterward is relatively flat.

hinkle creek nature area


Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Small free parking lot and street parking

Hours: Open year-round from 7am to one hour after sunset


Hinkle Creek Nature Area is a 36-acre lot with a trail that winds through large stands of oak trees and past Hinkle Creek.

Beeks Bight jedi trail (Folsom Lake)


Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Small parking lot - $12 or use California State Parks pass

Hours: Year-round from sunrise to sunset


Jedi Trail at Beeks Bight is a 5.3-mile out-and-back trail at Folsom Lake. During the spring, enjoy the myriad blooming wildflowers, and in summer, start or finish your hike with a quick dip in the lake. Pro tip: Enter Folsom Lake SRA at the Granite Bay entrance, then continue driving to the very last parking lot to get to Beeks Bight. It's a smaller lot so be sure to get there early or check it out during the week when it's less busy.

darrington trail


Difficulty: Moderate

Parking: Small free parking lot

Hours: Year-round from sunrise to sunset


Darrington Trail is a 15.7-mile out-and-back trail starting off Salmon Falls near El Dorado Hills.

cronan ranch


Difficulty: Easy to Hard

Parking: Large free parking lot

Hours: Year-round from sunrise to sunset


Cronan Ranch contains 12 miles of hiking, ranging from gently sloped to challenging hills, oak woodland, and gentle riverfront trails. There's a little something here for everyone.

magnolia ranch


Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Parking: Large free parking lot

Hours: Year-round from sunrise to sunset


The Magnolia Ranch Trailhead takes you along the 2.5-mile Gerle Loop Trail, which is mostly flat across rolling hills. This trail ties into a more extensive trail system, which eventually links up with Cronan Ranch.

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OTHER GREAT HIKES


Is your favorite hiking spot absent from this list? Let me know what it is in the comments - I'll be sure to update this list regularly with awesome new adventures!

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