Take A Hike to Long Valley Trail in Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park
Getting There: To get to Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, take State Highway 49, turn onto Pedro Hill Road; parking lot is straight ahead.
Distance: 2.2 miles; minimal elevation gain.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly (off-leash OK); horseback riding and mountain biking allowed; parking is free; open year-round.
Fuel Up: The Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe (331 State Highway 49, Coloma) offers bagels, omelets, sandwiches and more and is the perfect place for a pre-hike meal. For a post-hike treat, Hart 2 Hart Vineyards and Everhart Cellars (5821 State Highway 49, Pilot Hill) is nearby and offers whites, reds, sparkling and ports, along with small bites and a patio.
Why We Love It: Fairly flat trail; family-friendly; picnic tables along the way; trail ends by the American River; trails abound in Cronan Ranch, so you can extend your hike, or plan a return trip.
Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction, dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, remember sun protection (hat, sunscreen), and, as always, pack out what you pack in. Remember to keep to the right, and that horses have the right of way over mountain bikers and hikers, and hikers have the right of way over mountain bikers.
By Emily Peter
For more information, visit coloma.com/recreation/riverside-parks/cronan-ranch-trails-park/
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