Taking a hike in spring when the wildflowers begin to bloom is a wonderful way to start the day – no matter what part of the world you are in.
Because I set my sights on trips far away, I sometimes forget the beauty so close to home.
This is the Lake Clementine hike (easy to moderate), in the Auburn State Recreation Area in Northern California. Popular with mountain bikers and hikers of all ages, it sits on two forks of the American River in the heart of California’s Gold Country. On the other side of the river is the old Stagecoach Trail – a popular mining area during the Gold Rush.
The hike parallels the north fork American River upstream.
I see a family panning for gold (is there any left?). Nonetheless, we struck it rich today.