Lower Sunrise, ARP

            Waiver and Sign-Up Required

After an 18-month hiatus from Friday Walks, we are happy to be able to offer them again. To gather safely, however, we need to follow some new rules.

  1. You must sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance of joining SacValley Chapter Friday Walks. Signing an Electronic Liability Waiver is a permanent change required statewide by the California Native Plant Society. Please note that signing the waiver for SacValley Chapter Friday Walks applies only to our chapter’s Friday Walks and does not cover SacValley Chapter Field Trips or any events or field trips offered by other CNPS chapters. Once you have signed the SacValley Chapter Friday Walks waiver, it is valid through the end of the current calendar year.
  2. For now, a limited number of participants can join each Friday Walk. The limit is currently 17 participants and one leader. During this initial restart, only four new participants can sign up for each walk. If you have signed up for a Friday Walk at any point after January 1, 2013, you are not considered a new participant.
Walks held unless there is heavy rain. Cancellation notices posted by 7PM Thursday evening if heavy rain is in the forecast.


Friday, July 8, 8:15am-11:00am, Lower Sunrise, ARP


Meet at Lower Sunrise for a walk westward towards El Manto along the bluff above the American River. This is one of the shadier summer walks along the parkway.  Among the native plants currently in bloom are Acmispon americanus var. americanus, Asclepias fascicularis, Asclepias speciosa, Artemisia douglasiana, Clarkia unguiculata, Clematis ligusticifolia, Croton setigerus, Nicotiana quadrivalvis, Pseudognaphalium beneolens, Rosa californica, and Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea.  There will be opportunities to see a few birds. This will be an out and back on the same trail.  If river flows are not too high, we’ll take an optional side detour down to the exposed riverbed on the way back. The walk will be about 3.5 miles, almost all level and 3/4 of the walk will be in shade. Email John Schmidt for more information or phone 916-500-8456.

Bring water, hat, snack, and weather protection.

Binoculars will be useful for bird observations.  A walking stick might be useful on the optional side trip to the river’s edge.

Meet at the teardrop on this map or use the directions below.
Directions to Lower Sunrise from downtown:
– Travel east on Highway 50 to Sunrise Blvd exit 18
– North on Sunrise Boulevard
– After passing Gold Country Road, turn right on South Bridge Street
– Drive past American River Raft Rentals and the fenced raft parking area into the Parkway passing the Entrance Kiosk
– Even if no one is working at the Entrance Kiosk, be sure to self-register your vehicle ($5) unless you have a Parks Annual Pass.
– Turn left at the Stop sign
– You’ll drive under Sunrise Blvd, stop at a stop sign for the bike trail, and then find us in the large parking area near the restrooms.
For those living north of the American River, it might be quicker to park at Sacramento Bar and take the 3 minute walk across the bike and pedestrian bridge to Lower Sunrise.

To sign up for the July 8 Lower Sunrise Walk and receive the link for the 2022 Electronic Liability Waiver if needed, email John Schmidt or call 916-500-8456 for more information.

Parking is $5 or use an Annual Parks Passport.

The $50 Parks Passport supports your County Parks system. More Pass information is on-line.

If you are vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, masks are required.  Also if you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please do.

Please try to be on time. We’ll try to start walking at 8:30am.




Jul 08 2022


8:15 am - 11:00 am


Friday Walks


John Schmidt
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