Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve

This is one of my least favorite favorite places to walk because it’s been somewhat disappointing each time I’ve gone there, and it’s only open when Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC) staff, lead docents, or licensees are on the property to host and check-in visitors. These dates are scheduled in advance and posted on their website. Generally, the Preserve is open Saturdays from 9am-1pm during February-May and October-November. The 9 AM opening time means you don’t get a chance to see any crepuscular animals that might be out earlier in the morning and you may be battling the heat before you leave.

  • Easy to Locate? Yes
  • Pet Friendly? No. No pets allowed.
  • Easy to Walk? Somewhat. There is little elevation gain, but most of the trails are open to sunlight with no shade.
  • Is there a Fee? No
  • Are there Restrooms? Porta-potties at the trailhead
  • Is there Accessible Parking? Yes.
  • Other Notes: Picnic tables and minimal shade are available in the parking lot at Eagle Camp Corral. There is no running water or electricity available, so please plan accordingly. Arrive hydrated and bring plenty of water for during and after your activity.

See my FLICKR account for more albums of photos taken at this location .

The trails at Deer Creek Hills Preserve are multi-use: hiking, trail running, equestrians and mountain bikers, and for some public and private uses and events. Deer Creek Hills is a working ranch. The cattle make and maintain the trails and are an essential part of the management plan. When the cows go home, cyclists come back. CLICK HERE for more information.

How to Get There:

  • From Sacramento
  • Take Highway 16 East
  • Turn LEFT onto Stonehouse Road
  • Turn RIGHT onto Latrobe Road
  • When you get to the fork in the road, take the LEFT fork and look for corral. You will park in this area.

Travels of a Certified California Naturalist

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