As we know, it’s all yoga, and there’s no better way to be completely absorbed in the moment than to get outside and go for a hike.
There’s so much great hiking near Sacramento. From rivers and lakes to quiet trails through a forest, with an easy day trip, you can feel like you’ve been worlds away from the city.
All of the hikes in our Sacramento Hiking Guide were contributed by students (including an informal IAY hiking group). See their tips below. If you know of hiking trails near Sacramento that aren’t on the list, let us know your favorites.
For more hiking tips, check out our IAY Hiking Guide in super fun graphic form. —>
Pick a trial and get out there in the fresh air, take a deep breath, feel your feet on the ground… and what the heck, give a tree a hug!
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Local Hikes (within an hour drive)
Auburn State Recreation Area
Auburn State Recreation Area is 20 miles of great hiking trails. Tip from Amber: Check out Quarry Trail, it is about 5 ½ miles and dog friendly.
Stevens Trail, Colfax
Tip from Gina: Good to do before it gets too hot. About 7.5 miles; moderate difficulty. Beautiful wildflowers in the spring and overlooks the American River.
Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve at Lake Berryessa
Austin suggests Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. Easy to Moderate — just under 5 miles — and beautiful. Gorgeous views of Lake Berryessa.
Bassi Falls in El Dorado National Forest
A short hike — just under 1.2 miles — by Union Valley Reservoir. A tip from Dawn: the falls themselves are awesome in late summer. Great swimming holes, gorgeous scenery. And from Kelly: Especially in the summer because the waterfalls are a great refreshing treat to swim in!
View from Stevens Trail
Mela recommends the Yolo Wetlands, especially beautiful in the spring. Free guided tours the first Saturday of each month. Great for bird-watching!
Old Salmon Falls Loop near Folsom
Just a short drive (near Old Folsom) and an easy 2.2 miles. A good leisurely afternoon!
Bird at Yolo Wetlands
Hidden Falls- Off Hwy 49
Kathy suggests Hidden Falls. A moderate 5.7 miles. Meanders through oak woodland and follows a creek to the falls. A platform overlook gives a beautiful view.
Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary
Michelle recommends Bobelaine Sanctuary, located 18 miles north of Sacramento on the Feather River. Over five miles of flat grassy trails that run through oak forest, open grassland, by a lake and to the bank of the Feather River. Great for birding and spotting mammals such as fox, deer, beaver and muskrat.
Hidden Falls Outlook
Nearby Hiking (within a two hour drive)
Mt. Tamalpais, North of San Fransisco’s Golden Gate
Meets up with the Dipsea/Steep Ravine Trail which takes you down to Stinson Beach. Beautiful, shaded, with running streams on Mt. Tam, then opens up to sunshine as you get near the coast. Diverse terrain.
Loch Leven, in Tahoe National Forest
Off I-80 near Cisco. About 8 miles round trip. Highlight is the mountain lakes you encounter. Moderate difficulty level. Best in summer to fall months due to snow in winter.
Dardanelles Hike out of South Lake Tahoe
The hike is 8 miles round trip and good for summer. And not too hard! The lake at the end of the hike is extraordinary, facing vertical granite walls. On Hwy 88 five miles south of South Lake Tahoe.
And what’s the perfect post-hike activity? Yoga, of course! Be sure to stretch out your calves, quads and hamstrings (if you’re looking for a studio class, try any of our Level 1-2 classes). Legs up the wall can be the best medicine for worked-out legs. If you want a studio rest, try TLC Tuesday, Gentle Yoga or Restorative. Check the class schedule to plan your post-hike stretch. See you on the trail!
Loch Leven Lake reflection