Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FREE Canyon Keepers Hike This Saturday

Canyon Keepers, a volunteer organization whose members serve as docents in the Auburn State Recreation Area, is hosting a Historic Bridges Tour and Nature Hike this Saturday, February 22, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

All are welcome to attend. Historian Terry Cook will lead an informative tour of the remnants of the numerous historic bridges that formerly crossed the American River near the Confluence of the north and middle forks of the river.
Agriculture biologist Charlene Carveth will share information about the surrounding natural areas.

Cook will share visual aids and information about those bridges, from the earliest wood and cable bridges of the mid-1800s, to the towering concrete and steel current bridges of today. Some early bridges became obsolete because they weren¹t sturdy enough to accommodate auto traffic, heavy trucks and equipment. Other means of getting goods and people across the river will also be discussed.

The hike will be easy and family-friendly. However, some parts of the trail are narrow and not recommended for strollers. Small children must be closely watched as there are steep drop-offs in some areas.

Hikers will meet at the American River Confluence, near the Curved Bridge near the signboard/bathrooms, for this walk of approximately 2.5 miles. Hikers should bring water and a snack if desired. Dogs on leash are welcome. There is no charge to participate. A map of the immediate area is available as part of the hike information at canyonkeepers.org.

For more information, participants may call Charlene at (530) 346-7032.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Canyon Keepers.

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