A walk along the creek

The dirt trail running parallel to Hinkle Creek is roughly a half mile in length, passing through oak woodland inhabited by a variety of wildlife. The murmur of the creek is never far away even though much of its banks are crowded with prickly blackberry bushes. The location is not exactly isolated; visible just up the steep hill to the left are the back yards of houses in the American River Canyon neighborhood. And the end of the trail pops out onto the frequently busy Oak Avenue. But if you can manage to shut out these distractions for a few minutes, you’ll find a lovely and (mostly) peaceful nature spot in the midst of suburbia. Below, a couple of posters displayed at the park’s entrance:

Small memorial stone on the bank below the bridge

Shady trail and a bat box (top right)

Another glimpse of the creek

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