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Pleasant Grove Creek Trail via Dirt Trail and Bike Path

2.9 mile trail near Sacramento, Pleasant Grove, Lincoln, and Roseville, California
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  Pleasant Grove Creek Trail, South Branch is about 2.9 miles long and located near Roseville, California. The trail is great for hiking... more »

Tips:  Nice, easy, level trail.

If taking your dog, you are required to stay on paved trails. This is true of the south-eastern end of the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead for this route starts on Horncastle Ave. You must step over a small 2 foot high cable fence to begin this hike.

2. The trail begins

3. Forested Area

4. Take the right fork of the bike path

5. South Fork Pleasant Grove Creek

Pleasant creek is now visible from the path.

6. Woodcreek Oaks Blvd. Underpass

The path goes beneath Woodcreek Oaks Blvd.

7. Meandering Seasonal Stream

Meandering seasonal steam along side the trail

8. Evening light

Cameraman's shadow is long in this photo taken during evening's "golden hour"

9. Take this short dirt trail to the right

This short scenic section passes by a vernal pool.

10. Vernal Pool

11. Reflections on Vernal Pool

12. Back on the bike path.

13. Vere left onto dirt trail

At this point, take the dirt trail to the left. The dirt trail may not be too noticeable, so look for the log shown in this image.

14. Merge right onto bike path, then left at bike path T

The dirt path will end again at a spur in the bike path. Turn right to follow the spur back to the main bike path for a short distance. Then turn left at the T to stay on the main bike path.

15. Go straight onto the dirt trail - Do not cross the bridge

If you cross the bike path bridge, you've gone too far. Instead, go straight onto the dirt trail.

16. Back on the dirt trail

Finally, you will be on a "real" dirt trail for a longer distance. A chance to commune with nature!

17. Along the dirt trail

18. Pleasant Grove Creek (South Fork)

19. At the reservoir, turn right and follow the dirt path

Turn right at this small flood control reservoir. It may or may not have water in it.

20. The Reservoir

21. Take a right at this T to stay along the creek trail.

22. Pleasant Grove Creek

23. The trail continues.

24. Bike Path in the Distance

25. Merge right onto the Bike Path

26. Pleasant Grove Creek, South Fork

27. Pleasant Grove Creek

28. Blue Oaks Blvd. Underpass

As you pass under Blue Oaks Blvd. your are approaching the end of this route.

29. Veterans Park at Sunset

Veterans Park means we have reached the destination for this route.

30. Basketball hoop at Veterans Park

31. Blue Oaks Blvd. Underpass as Viewed from Veterans Park

Now it's time to head back to the start. Most of the route is the same, but there are a few exceptions. The route back follows the creek a little bit closer at a a couple places.

32. Bike Path at Dusk

33. Dusk along the Dirt Trail