Glen Ellen author and veteran outdoors writer Tracy Salcedo-Chourre has a new book on the best Sacramento area hikes.

Whenever I hear from local hikers, I like to ask them about their favorite hike. Tracy picked one that I just did a couple of months ago, coincidentally.

It’s tough to sift through to a favorite trail among all the great hikes on my home turf, but I am partial to the Lawndale loop in Annadel State Park. Start at the Lawndale trailhead in Kenwood. Climb the Lawndale Trail via easy switchbacks and long traverses through oak woodland and a thick Douglas fir forest to the Ledson Marsh. Follow the Marsh Trail to the Pig Flat Trail, which hitches up to the Schultz Trail. The Schultz Trail drops through more woodland and across rocky slopes with great views of south and east across the lower slopes of Sonoma Mountain. Cross a creek that can be vigorous when fed by rainfall near the end of the trail, then drop onto Schultz Road. The final legs are along quiet Schultz Road and busier Lawndale Road, which leads back to the trailhead.”

Here’s the complete info from Salcedo-Chourre on the new publication:

“Best Hikes Near Sacramento has been published by FalconGuides/Globe Pequot Press, and includes descriptions, photos, and maps to more than 40 hikes in Sacramento and surrounding areas. The book retails for $18.95 and is available through online booksellers such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as at local bookstores and outdoor retailers such as REI.

Best Hikes Near Sacramento is Salcedo-Chourre’s second guide to the Sacramento area. Best Easy Day Hike Sacramento was published in 2009 by Falcon, a premier publisher of outdoor guidebooks and literature.

Salcedo-Chourre has been writing guidebooks for more than 20 years, and has published more than 25 books to locations in California and Colorado. Her best-known titles include Best Easy Day Hikes Lake TahoeBest Easy Day Hikes San Francisco’s North Bay, and Best Rail-Trails California. She is currently working on Best Hikes Near Reno-Lake Tahoe and a second edition of Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Salcedo-Chourre, based in Glen Ellen, is an associate editor with Streetwise Reports, an online publisher of investment newsletters for gold, energy, and the life sciences. In addition, she writes a monthly column for the Kenwood Press. For more information visit her website at laughingwaterink.com or visit the Falcon website at falcon.com.”


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