We are always looking for new hikes to go on as a family!
I've been struggling to find new hikes that aren't hours away (right now, that's just too much for the twins - to be in a car for an hour...and then go on a two hour hike). So when I found one that was about 30 minutes from our house, I jumped at the chance.
We went to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center at the American River Parkway. Unfortunately, we went on Memorial Day weekend, so the rates for parking had gone up (to $8), which made the REALLY short hike not worth it. Maybe if we hadn't had to pay that, it would have felt a little better. But the trails (and, I'm pretty sure we did them all) were just all so short. I forgot my watch, so I'm not sure how many miles we did, but it couldn't have been more than 2 miles total (as in - we went on 3 different trails and only went 2 miles - short).
I don't think I'd ever go back to these trails, unless there was an event or program (they have educational programs for school-age kids) that we were going to visit as well. But it got us out of the house on Saturday morning and gave us a little energy. That being said, if you're a family who hasn't ever hiked with your family - this might be the perfect introduction to you! I'd probably call it more of a Nature Walk than I would a hike.
On our way home, we drove right past a Cole street sign. It's been a while since I've seen his name and this made Mr. Howard and me smile!