Urban park holds some nice surprises

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Have you caught spring fever yet? I say face it square on before it catches you. The best way? Hit the trail. To explore new territory beyond Loomis and Penryn boundaries, I suggest you stretch your legs at Miner’s Ravine Trail. It’s an urban oasis sandwiched between a freeway, overpasses, malls, office buildings and housing tracts, in Roseville. It’s not exactly a hiking trail, because it’s paved and mostly flat. But the few hills can get the heart pumping. The pavement does work well for the many bicyclists who were riding solo or out on a family outing Sunday afternoon. Ignore the sounds of nearby cars and don’t look too closely at the buildings on the ridge lines and you’ll forget you’re not out deep in the woods. Stately oaks, old wooden fences and fields of wildflowers are reminders of yesteryear. The season’s rains have Miner’s Ravine running full and deep enough to get your ankles wet. You can see ducks floating in the calm waters or watch creeks cascade down the rocky ledges on their journey to the ravine. Miner’s Ravine is an easily accessible way to enjoy the region’s open spaces and wetlands areas. There’s plenty of parking near the foot of “Cosmos,” the 80-foot-tall Aristides Demetrios sculpture, behind Home Depot and Ultimate Training Center at N. Sunrise Avenue near Eureka Road. Volunteer in river clean-up Add a good cause to your weekend outdoor adventure by volunteering in the Earth Day cleanup and restoration project of the Auburn State Recreation Area Saturday, April 16. The work is just one of the many statewide sites the California State Park Foundation is sponsoring during its 14th annual Earth Day project. More than 200 volunteers are needed to clean up trash and debris on the North and Middle Forks of the American River canyons and along Highway 49, Old Foresthill Road, Drivers Flat Road, Yankee Jim’s Road, Ponderosa Way, Iowa Hill Road, and along various trails in the recreation area. Volunteers will also be sent to the Stagecoach, Clementine and Quarry trails to plant native trees, set posts and install and repair trail signage, install dog poop bag dispenser stations, or paint over graffiti in various locations. Check-in time is 8:30 a.m.; the project runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Old Foresthill Road Bridge, near the American River confluence, about 2 miles south of Auburn on Hwy. 49. Most confluence parking sites are free; parking is free for Earth Day volunteers where there is a fee. Advance registration is required at 888-98-PARKS or visit Volunteers will need water, sunscreen, hat, garden gloves, and a bucket so that garbage bags won’t have to be used.