March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pmFree – $10.00
Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November.
- Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and
- Complete a liability waiver before arriving.
Donations are vital to maintaining the Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table. If the fee is a burden please request a fee waiver by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 3 trail options:
- North Pond Loop — approximately 3 miles, mostly shaded. Can be started no later than 11:30am
- Two Ponds Loop — 4.5 miles, mostly in open skies. Can be started no later than 11:00am
- Barn Pond Loop — 6 miles, mixture of open skies and shaded woodland. Can be started no later than 10am.
We have put procedures and policies in place for the safety of the public, volunteers, and staff. We are only able to offer public hikes/rides and activities if all the following protocols are observed. Thank you for your cooperation.
Things to Know Before You Register:
- You must register by 6pm the evening prior, pay the $10 per adult fee, and sign a liability waiver. Registration fees are not refundable but can be transferred to a future outing if you contact us ahead of time. If you plan to attend 8 or more outings (rides or hikes) in the next 12 months, consider purchasing a Season Pass for $75. You will still need to register for each individual outing to reserve a spot and receive the pre-visit information email.
- The road to access Deer Creek Hills is not paved and requires crossing Crevis Creek. 4WD and higher clearance vehicles are recommended, especially in the spring when there is water in Crevis Creek, but are not required. Visitors who do not want to drive through the creek crossing may choose to park along the shoulder of Latrobe Road, cross on foot, and walk the remaining mile to the trailhead at Eagle Camp Corral. All properties before the creek crossing are private property. Please respect our neighbors. Do not cross gates or climb fences.
- All events are subject to weather conditions. Projected rain, high creek levels, extremely muddy conditions, excessive heat or unsafe air quality may cancel the outing. We will do our best to notify registered guests the evening prior via email. Please check our online calendar for cancellation postings before you travel to the preserve.
- Gates open at 9am and close at 1pm.
- There is no running water on site. Arrive hydrated and bring plenty of drinking water. Porta-potties are available at the trailhead and serviced every Friday. Bring your own hand sanitizer. Leave No Trace Ethics; Pack It In – Pack It Out.
Before You Attend:
- Review the information on your confirmation email advising you of what to bring and how to prepare. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Wearing layers is recommended, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a cell phone, snacks and plenty of water. SVC Staff working the event will exchange cell numbers with you prior to hiking out.
- Review the most recent Sacramento County Public Health Order, the most up to date CDC recommendations, and adhere to any other mandated directives.
- If you are feeling sick or that old injury is acting up, please stay home and postpone your visit until you’re feeling well.
- Print and fill out the Liability Waiver (available here on our website) and bring it with you.
What to Leave Home:
- Mud and Dirt! Please clean boots, hooves, gear and all tires before coming to the preserve. Managing invasive species costs us thousands each year. Clean gear helps keep the preserve open for recreation.
- Animals. No dogs or pets allowed on the preserve, except working service dogs (please let us know when you register online and check in with a staff member upon your arrival)
- Drones or other remote-controlled gadgets
- Hunting and fishing gear
- Shovels or mining gear (unless tools were specifically requested for a volunteer project you signed up for)
- Dirt bikes and ATVs
- Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, lighters and matches. Smoking is strictly prohibited and fire is a major concern on the Preserve.
When You Check In:
- Have your completed Liability Waiver Form ready.
- Utilize our Boot Brush station to help prevent the introduction of invasive species.
- Trails are marked. For your safety and to respect the Preserve, please do not venture off the marked trails. We suggest that if visitors choose to take rests or picnics, they do so just off of the trail on the most durable surfaces.
- Directions to Deer Creek Hills Preserve
- Adult Release of Liability – please print, complete, and bring with you
- Minor Release of Liability – only required if you are chaperoning minors of which you are NOT a legal guardian
- Visitor FAQ
Excessive heat, unsafe air quality, rain or flooding on Latrobe Road will close Deer Creek Hills. Registered hikers will be notified via email and given the option to transfer registration to any future hike that has not hit capacity, or donate fees to stewardship & trail maintenance projects on the Preserve. Registration payments are not refundable. If you have extenuating circumstances or are unable to attend a hike, please contact us as soon as possible for assistance. Ticket transfer requests can be directed to Amy Rodrigues email@example.com
If you have additional questions about outings at Deer Creek Hills, please contact SVC Program Coordinator, Carly Amatisto at (916) 612-3719 or firstname.lastname@example.org