Welcome to my Sacramento Hiking website. You'll find some great information pertaining to hiking trails and resources in the Sacramento area. I'm still working on the finishing touches, but while I'm doing that, feel free to visit these informative websites:
Sacramento is the capital of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Two great rivers, the Sacramento and the American, come together here.
The city of Sacramento was established by John Sutter in 1839. Sutter was from Switzerland. He established Fort Sutter as a place to trade goods. Once gold was discovered on Sutter's property in 1848, the city rapidly escalated in numbers, and it became a natural supply point for people hunting for gold coming from the East.
Sacramento was incorporated as a city in 1849 and was made the capital of California in 1854. Interestingly, it was also the western terminus for the Pony Express in 1860.
Sacramento is a lovely city and has many hiking options. Along with all of the parks here, there are several rivers, sanctuaries, bike paths, and other very interesting places to visit. Also, if you're up to looking outside of the city of Sacramento, you'll discover places in Auburn, Folsom, Roseville, and elsewhere. Take a look at all the resources listed above, and you'll find some great day hikes!
The city of Sacramento has always been a hub of river transportation. It is one of the major deep-water ports in the area connected to the Pacific Ocean. Sacramento's economy is greatly diversified and, along with state government and military installations, its industries include aerospace, high technology, checmicals, furniture, pharmaceuticals, meat packing, and the processing of crops from the Central Valley.
California State University, Sacramento, also known as Sac State, is the largest university in the city. McGeorge School of Law and Drexel are two other institutions of learning in the city. Also important is the UC Davis Medical Center, which is a world-renowned research hospital.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers an area of 100.1 square miles (259 km2), 97.81% of it land, and 2.19% of it water.
Depth to groundwater is typically about 30 feet (9 m). Much of the land to the west of the city (in Yolo County) is permanently reserved for a vast flood control basin (the Yolo Bypass), due to the city's historical vulnerability to floods. As a result, the greater metropolitan area sprawls only four miles (6 km) west of downtown (as West Sacramento, California) but 30 miles (48 km) northeast and east, into the Sierra Nevada foothills, and 10 miles (16 km) to the south into valley farmland.
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