If you are looking for a moderate trail that doesn't take too much actual hiking, and offers views of mountains, vegetation, and grasslands, you have stumbled across the right one in the Salt Creek Loop Trail. This hike offers an even trail made from compacted soil, asphalt, and gravel that goes up an easy incline.
The trail starts at a small parking area along a rural dirt road, and besides parking spaces along the road, there are no amenities, so be sure to bring your own water and clean-up bags. The trail starts out as asphalt, along an old road that was used by miners in the Gold Rush Era, and is about 2 to 3 feet wide as its winds close to Salt Creek.
Along the way, the trail is covered by oaks and birch trees, with a few firs mixed in. There are some openings into grassy fields, and access points along the river for fishing and swimming in the creek. The trail is pupular with hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Wildlife that exists here include groundhogs, deer, turtles, fish, birds, and snakes.
The trail takes a sharp turn at the 1-mile mark, where it begins to head back north towards the trailhead along the road. All along the trail, you and Fido will find stone walls and mining prospects along man-made caves that are left over from the days of the miners during the early 1900s.
This easy-going trail offers everything you might want in a more rigorous trail, but with even walking grounds and only a short jump in elevation along the way. Its the perfect place for exploring the area and just walking with your pup, so when you need to get out again with Fido, don't forget to come check out this puptastic trail!