Monday, December 09, 2013

Magnolia Ranch Hike..

Jeff and I spent a few days in Sacramento, CA visiting friends.

Our friend Geno gave us another great tour of the area..We birded, walked the town and took the beautiful hike to

Magnolia Ranch.

Magnolia ranch hike_115It was a chilly morning..

Magnolia ranch hike_005Ice crystals on the path…

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The trail meanders through Oak woodlands..

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Magnolia ranch hike_013and open grasslands..

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Magnolia ranch hike_008Acorn woodpecker habitat..

Magnolia ranch hike_018See the acorns they placed in the holes they made…

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It is a great hike with only about 700 foot elevation gain.

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A popular trail for horseback riding..

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Rolling hills..

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Nice views of the South Fork of the American River..

A popular river for rafting…

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Magnolia ranch hike_040We take a loop trail away from the river..

Magnolia ranch hike_043Into grasslands…

Magnolia ranch hike_050Then we loop back around again..

Magnolia ranch hike_056passing some cool rock formations..

Magnolia ranch hike_060Back down to the river..

Magnolia ranch hike_063We somehow missed Magnolia ranch so we leave the river and head for the ranch..

Magnolia ranch hike_064There it is..

Magnolia ranch hike_066We take a few photos of this old ranch home..

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Magnolia ranch hike_094And the out buildings..

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Magnolia ranch hike_073We decide to go inside..

Curtains still hang..

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Rock fireplace is crumbling and light peeks through the wall..

Magnolia ranch hike_080Crooked shelves..Magnolia ranch hike_081Polka dots of light..

Magnolia ranch hike_084Looking out..

MagNOLIaTime for lunch at the ranch..

Magnolia ranch hike_086I eat lunch and stare at the grasses..

Magnolia ranch hike_089After lunch I get up and walk around and find this large heart rock..

Magnolia ranch hike_091A large fallen tree..

I wonder if birds still use these holes..

Magnolia ranch hike_093Time to continue on..

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Its late in the afternoon

Magnolia ranch hike_098The sun is casting long shadows..

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Its getting chilly..

Magnolia ranch hike_101Western bluebirds hanging out near the trailhead....

Magnolia ranch hike_108A lovely hike ..

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Thanks Geno for showing us a great time in Sacramento!

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