Sacramento is a bustling city in northern California. It's not the first place that will come to mind when you're looking for a hike, but in the city's suburban city of Folsom, there's a lovely urban hike that spans over 15 miles called the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail. The trail shows off all the rural and urban perks of the area while maintaining an even path made from concrete, with a 6-foot girth for hikers and bikers.
The trail itself has many starting and ending points, but one of the best places to start is at the Elvie Perazzo Briggs Park. The park is close to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Folsom Lake, offering sights of the lake and the natural area surrounding it. At the park, you can find amenities like bathrooms, water fountains, trash bins, picnic tables, and clean-up bags to stock up on before going on your hike. The trail begins on the east side of the park, where you'll have to cross the road.
The trail showcases perfectly the natural and urban wonders of the area, as it winds through neighborhoods, shopping centers, rural fields, and through a dozen parks! The trail makes up multiple loops along the way, with access and exit points at each park along with restrooms and water fountains in The Parkway Neighborhood Park, Philip Cohn Park, and Cummings Family Park where there is also a dog park for Fido to run off leash in..
The trail ends at the Willow Creek Recreation Area, a lush green area with parking and restrooms along the confluence of American River into Lake Natoma. Thanks to the loops, it's easy to head back and explore new parks, scenery, and neighborhoods on your way back with Fido. The trail itself is perfect for all hikers, and thanks to its close location to the city, shows off all the beauty in nature and around the city.