Hiking is one popular summer activity that won't break the bank. But with so many hitting the trails, it’s easy for parking lots to quickly fill to capacity.
To get around this, it's possible to take mass transit to get to some hiking trails. Skipping the car ride not only saves you the headache of having to find a parking space, but it is also beneficial for the environment.
Capital Public Radio has compiled a list of some of the more popular hiking trails in the area that can be reached using mass transit. Transitandtrails.org is also a great place to look for more options.
1. If you're looking to wander through the woods, Eldorado Transit will take you to the Eldorado National Forest. The Sacramento Commuter will connect to Pollock Pines route, which will take you to the forest. For more questions or to see the route, find the system map here.
2. One of the most popular bike trails in the area is the Sacramento Northern Bikeway Trail, which runs 9.8 miles. Get your bikes and take 15 towards Watt I-80 Light Rail - Downtown, and get off at 16th St and Basler St. to get here.
3. Take a walk around The William Land Park trail, a two-mile loop perfect for hikers of any level. The William Land Park Trail also includes amenities for the little ones, such as the Adventure Play Area, Fairytale Town, and Funderland. Take Sac Regional Transit line 6 towards Downtown-Land Park-Rush River, and get off at Land Park Dr & 13th Ave., or take line 62 towards Rush River & Windbridge-City College-Downtown, getting off at Freeport Blvd & 14th Ave. to get to this trail.
4. The 87 Univ/65th Light Rail - Marconi/Arcade Light Rail will take you to Howe Ave. and Northup Ave., where a short walk will lead you to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike trail, a 32-mile national trail where you’ll find activities such as hiking, cycling, jogging and horseback riding.
5. Ancil Hoffman Park not only contains trails where you can see plenty of wildlife, but also contains the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. After your ride on the 23 Arden Del Paso Light Rail - Sunrise Mall, a short walk after getting off at Fair Oaks Blvd & Kenneth Ave. will warm you up for your hike when you get to the park.