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Over the River & Through the Woods: Rancho Cordova: 6+miles











Bring water and wear layers. Winter, fall and spring, we hike in the dark, so bring flashlights, too! If there's a chance of rain, come prepared (I'll cancel if it's pouring.) Good boots or trail shoes recommended.

We leave at 6:10 sharp. If you're running late, okay to call:[masked] Susan

Dogs okay on leash.

There are restrooms open before dark at two points along our way, as well as drinking fountains.

It's a beautiful hike, mostly trails and dirt paths, but partially on the paved bike path. It's fairly fast-paced, starting from Hagan Park, along the river through River Bend Park, across the bridge to William Pond Park and beyond before turning around and coming back a slightly different route. There are snakes and brambles, roots and rocks, bugs and fairly fast walkers. No complaining; you have been forewarned. (We pause after the first half-hour, so if you find yourself falling behind, just speak up and we'll talk about possibilities.)

Park at the Community Center lot on Chase Drive, just past the high school, but just BEFORE entering the park gate, on the right.

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  • Wallace

    This was my first Meetup. In my experience it was more workout than hike. The pace is beyond "fairly fast;" it's 6-7 miles "as fast as possible" on overgrown, rocky trails with minimal time to socialize or enjoy the hike.

    Nothing wrong with that, but I have lots of ways I can work out alone, which is how I felt most of the time today.

    Susan, the leader, is very nice. She made me feel welcome, and took time to talk to me. And no one was antisocial, it's just that brief conversations were quickly swept away in the pressure to get going again, and fast!

    In my experience hiking with people has three attractions - the exercise, the beauty of the surroundings (including time for photographs or simply admiration of nature), and the pleasure of conversing with others.

    This group provided vigorous exercise, but minimal socialization and minimal opportunity to enjoy the surroundings.

    Respectfully I think the group description should be clarified to convey the hard core workout focus.

    May 12, 2014

    • Doris B.

      I can relate with what you are saying, but when I am alone I am not motivated to work out that hard. I am glad I went and I can go back and enjoy the scenery at my own pace. Hope that I will go farther next time.

      May 12, 2014

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