Friday WalksFriday Walks

Larchmont Community Park to Gristmill, ARP

Waiver and Sign-up required.

You MUST sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance for Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks. This is a permanent change required by CNPS statewide. Note that this Waiver is for Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks only and does not cover Sacramento Valley CNPS Field Trips nor any Events or Field Trips offered by other CNPS Chapters. The only difference with the Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks Liability Waiver is that once signed it is valid through the end of the current calendar year.  Email John Schmidt to receive a Waiver form.
For now the Friday Walks will also have a limit on the number of participants. Initially the limit is 20 attendees plus 1 leader.

Walks held unless there is heavy rain. Cancellation notices posted by 7PM Thursday evening if heavy rain is in the forecast.


Cephalanthus occidentalis var. californicus along American River

Friday, September 9, 2:00pm-4:30pm. Larchmont Community Park near ARP

Join us for a late summer walk on a trail that winds above the bank of the American River. The area holds a mix of native and non-native trees, shrubs and herbs. Expect to see some birds along the river. The trail upriver is shady in parts but expect more sunshine on the return which will be closer to the top of the levee. The trail continues all the way east to the Gristmill area with a view across the river to the Wm. Pond Recreation Area. We’ll turn around and follow another path part of the way back. This walk will be longer than normal, about 3.5 miles. Little climbing is involved except 1 10′ gully near Gristmill. For more information, email John Schmidt or call/text 916-500-8456.
Bring water, hat, snack, appropriate weather protection and possibly binoculars. The leader will carry a set of hiking sticks should they be needed by anyone.
Meet at the red teardrop on this map or use the directions below. Looking at the map will help locate this very residential park next to a school.
Directions to Larchmont Community Park from downtown Sacramento:
– East Hwy 50 to Watt Ave. exit 11
– North on Watt Ave towards the American River
– Right off Watt Ave at La Rivera Dr exit, first exit after crossing over Hwy 50 and before crossing the bridge over the river.
– Right onto La Rivera Dr.
– Head east on La Rivera Dr. for 0.9 miles.
– Left at Stansberry Way There is NO Stop Sign on La Rivera at Stansberry.
– Continue on Stansberry Way passing the school and into the Larchmont Community Park parking area.

We’ll meet in the parking lot.
Parking is free. There are portable rest facilities next to the parking area (not recommended) and also at Gristmill near the halfway point.

We’ll meet at 2:00pm and start walking about 2:15pm.

If driving from east of Watt Ave. on Hwy 50, it might be shorter to exit at Bradshaw and go west on Folsom Blvd to La Rivera Dr. then follow La Rivera to right on Linda Rio Dr, left on Whitewater Way and right at Stansberry Way. See the linked map above.



Sep 09 2022


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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