And, before I forget to mention, the lyme ticks are out too. It’s that time of year again, when I must search for new trails to explore in the lowlands while waiting for the snow levels to recede in the high country. The others don’t care about soaked boots. Tips Bring plenty of water Watch out for: From Auburn head south on 49 for about 12 miles. At the next trailhead, there is a variety of trails from which to choose — mostly old roads.
I also feel the need to give my long-dormant winter legs some serious exercise before leaving on a lengthy hiking trip in Utah just nine days from now. This was a pleasant, albeit bland outing, suitable as an early-season warmup. I spent roughly 3 hours here and I was ready to go check out nearby Magnolia Ranch. Apparently the horse set is partial to daffodils; for a patch of them has been planted at nearly every trail junction. You could make a day out of this hike and explore the entire ranch. Links to info on Cronan Ranch: In fact, there is not a horse trailer too be seen here. Whether you are looking to take a nature walk or hike the hills and river, Cronan Ranch is a great way to spend a nice spring day.
Links to info on Cronan Ranch: The ranch itself consists of roughly 12 miles of trails that are perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Although I am trying to build up my vitamin-D level, I have brought along my hat anyway. It was turned into a park for visitors to enjoy the rich climate, rolling hills, river trails and more.
The American River As I got closer to the river, Ctonan was escorted by various small birds, butterflies and a snake. There are clearly marked wooden signs at the beginning and the end of each trail. Eventually I approach the river.
Michael Cronan purchased the land from the railroad company in When you reach the top you have views of the rolling golden or luscious green depending on the season foothills of El Dorado County. Whether you are looking to take a nature walk or hike the hills and river, Cronan Ranch is a great way to spend a nice spring day.
Some flowers are out already; but they are movvie in bright sunlight, making them difficult to photograph. I spent roughly 3 hours here and I was ready to go check out nearby Magnolia Ranch. This film was released in April and aired on the Hallmark Channel. This was a pleasant, albeit bland outing, suitable as an early-season warmup. Someone has set up a little library in the home with books that you can take and replace with another book, using the honor system.
It is absolutely a wonderful ride. I head for the West Ridge Trail, which should provide some better scenery.
Tips Bring plenty of water Watch out for: The Ranch is located on Pedro Hill Rd. Following rannch advice of a guidebook, I drive south of the main trailhead to a parking area reputed to be less popular with equestrians.
After going up and down a few hills, I switched over to the East Ridge trail to get a different view of the area as I pressed on to the American River.
This area caters latgely to equestrians; so the routes rate to be well-maintained and not too steep. I would also like to head over to Norton Ravine and get ranvh nice photos.
Movie Location at the Cronan Ranch
I set out on the Down and Up trail that takes you on the outside edge of the southern portion of Cronan Ranch. You can print out a map beforehand to pick the best trails. First croonan cross a small stream which supposedly still contains goldthen you make rajch steep climb, on a very narrow winding trail with hair pin turns, that is lined with beautiful, fragrant pines.
The Cronan Ranch movie set. As far as I am concerned, is the best place in California to ride. At the next trailhead, there is a variety of trails from which to choose — mostly old roads. If you enter at the newer section, Magnolia Ranch, there is a trail that makes you feel as though you are actually in the mountains instead of in the foothills. This road is easy to miss when driving on highway You could make a day out of this hike and explore the entire ranch.
There are the dirt roads that the wagons descended down, rolling hills as well as the clear, rushing South Fork of the American River. The set is right before a fork in the road as you can take the Long Valley Trail or the Cronan Ranch Road all the way back to the parking area.
Love Comes Softly Movie Set (Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park) – Natural Atlas
The movie set really captures what an old ranch home might have looked like and adds to the overall mogie of this hike. Posted by Candis Ward at As I got closer to the river, I was escorted by various small birds, butterflies and a snake.
West Ridge Trail, looking north. Regardless, it still makes for a nice area to sunbathe, swim and to have a picnic. I opt for the one that avoids the river bank, where numerous outhouses are in evidence. Sett are picnic benches at the movie set to relax and have a picnic. Yes, the snakes are out. Perhaps I need a more lightweight pair for outings such as this.
It offers enough scenery to enjoy the journey, well ranfh trails, plenty of bathrooms, clear trail signs and free parking. The trails are randh marked out as some of them used to be old ranch roads. You can take this trail to the South Fork American River trail and head west toward Magnolia ranch which is a nearby trailhead that also serves as the starting point, or end point depending on where you begin, moviee the increasingly popular South Fork American River trail loop.
Not wanting to soak my boots, I contemplate removing them to make a crossing. And, before I forget to mention, the lyme ticks are out too. Along the way, there are cronab interesting rock formations on the trails. It is becoming too warm for comfortable hiking.
Above Cronan Ranch and the American River. This is one of the few sunny days I have enjoyed this year. In fact, there is not a horse trailer too be seen here.
This is a nice hike for people of all ages. After lunch, I have more route choices. Mkvie ridge top takes me nearly all the way to the trailhead, and none too soon. It appears that there will be little shade today on the trail.