The Sacramento Valley Conservancy offers monthly guided history tours of Deer Creek Hills, a nature preserve of rolling grasslands and oak woodland located eight miles south of Folsom, and the next featured outing is coming next Saturday, February 23:
"Both geology and the history of gold mining that took place at Deer Creek Hills will be shared along the trail. Evidence of many different types of mining; sluice box, hydrology and flume ditches will be highlighted as you hike the preserve.
Your guides for this outing will be SVC Lead Geology Docent Robert H. Sydnor, Engineering Geologist & Hydrogeologist and SVC Lead History Docent, David Scharlach will share their knowledge and passion to gold mining history at Deer Creek Hills."
The Conservancy operates the 4,062-acre Deer Creek Hills under a management agreement with Sacramento County. Visitors to the preserve can enjoy free self-led hikes on Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings or sign up for special activities including bird-watching, history walks and horseback riding.
What: Geology and Gold History walk
When: Saturday, February 23, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Deer Creek Hills
Cost: $10; limit 30 people
For more info: (916) 612-3719; http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/
PHOTO CREDIT: Hikers enjoy Deer Creek Hills. 2007 photograph by Randy Smith.