Canyon View Preserve Trail is just starting to get the attention it deserves. It’s a short and sweet trail that’s easily accessed from the Park & Ride at the Bowman exit off of Interstate 80, behind Calstar in Auburn.
Why we love it: Personally, I love it because it is so easy to get to and yet you’re still getting out into nature! There are a few benches and a picnic area along the way and the total trail is just about 1.25 miles.
For the Young Ones (0-10): We encountered tons of butterflies, some roly-polies, grasshoppers, and a banana slug! It’s a good way to get the family out for an easy hike. While there is a bit of a steep switchback at the start/end of the trail, most of the rest of the terrain is pretty even. There were some bees hovering around the wildflowers, so just be careful with little ones getting too close.
For the Big Kids (10+): If the big kids are fast and/or experienced hikers, this may be too short of a hike for them. If they’re game to just spend some quality time with the family, it’s still a nice hike and I wouldn’t classify it as boring.
Keep in Mind: Early on you’ll come to a warning sign about rattlesnakes, bears, ticks, etc. Whenever hiking you should always keep these dangers in mind.
Around the Area: It’s Auburn, so there are tons of things to do and eat nearby.
Difficulty Level: Beginner.