Thanks for visiting my Sacramento Hiking website. You'll find all sorts of information regarding hiking trails and resources in and around the Sacramento area. I'm continuing to work on the finishing touches, but while I'm doing that, please 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 was established by John Sutter in 1839. Sutter was from Switzerland. He began his Fort Sutter as a trading post. When gold was discovered on Sutter's land in 1848, the city rapidly grew, and it was made a natural supply point for people hunting for gold coming from all parts of the country.
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 opportunities. Along with all of the parks here, there are several rivers, sanctuaries, bike paths, and other very cool places to wander. Also, if you're willing to look outside of the city of Sacramento, you'll discover places in Auburn, Folsom, Roseville, and elsewhere. Take a look at the sites listed above, and you'll find some great adventures!
Sacramento has had a great history being a hub of river transportation. It is a major deep-water port connected to the Pacific. Sacramento's economy is greatly diversified and, along with state government and military installations, its industries include high technology, aerospace, 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 area. Also important is the UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Sacramento 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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