Saturday 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 heavy rain, extreme heat or very poor air quality are forecast. Cancellation notices posted by 7PM Friday evening.
Saturday, February 3, 9:15am-12:00pm. Larchmont Community Park near ARP
Welcome to the NEW Friday Walks on a Saturday. This new activity will be held one Saturday each month. Which Saturday that is will vary throughout the year. This new program is being offered for those people who have other obligations on Fridays.
Larchmont Community Park and the section of tree covered riverbank extending to Gristmill is much in the news these days. This is the section of riverbank that is slated for extensive tree removal and has been in the local news the past few weeks. Join us for a winter 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. The trail undulates in some sections and there is about a 50 foot climb for the view overlooking William Pond. For more information and or to sign up, 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 and also at Gristmill near the halfway point.
We’ll meet at 9:15am and start walking about 9:30am.
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.