Real Estate Ray's Blog: Day Tripping!

Day Tripping!

        Day tripping is one of the many benefits of living in Elk Grove, CA.  We have so many fun places to visit within two hours.  Today we visited Deer Creek Tribute Trail near Nevada City.  The trail head was less than one and a half hours from Elk Grove.  It is a gorgeous area, but the trails are a little convoluted.  There are two separate starting points.  One starting point is the Angkula Seo (Deer Creek) Suspension Bridge.

Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge one

Angkula Seo Suspenstion bridge AKA Deer Creek Suspension Bridge          View Upstream from Deer Creek Suspension Bridge

     We enjoyed this section of the trail more than the second area.  Once you cross the bridge and travel a few hundred yards, there is a fork in the trail with three choices (too many choices!).  We chose the path to the right and a short ways down the path, we discovered the site of an old mining operation.  There is not much left of the operation, but it is a beautiful walk through the forest.  The trail ends just a few yards further at an old road.  We decided to continue up the road.  It was nice and the forest lined the road.   We also discovered what looked like an old, abandoned technology park.  

     The second trail entrance is a bit down stream from the suspension bridge.  It starts off along a gravel road and then turns into a dirt path paralleled by an aqueduct.  The pathway is a flat and easy to follow.  We went a few miles out, then turned back.  It is scenic too and, much to my wife's delight, there is a small waterfall.

Deer Creek Waterfall          Deer Creek Tribute Trail 2

     All in all, we traveled about 10 miles.  There are lots of options for shorter or longer hikes.  We still need to go back to revisit the unexplored trails just across from the suspension bridge one day.  It is a beautiful area and we are curious.

Deer Creek Trail flowers          Deer Creek Iris

      If you want to make a full day of it, spend some time in Nevada City.  It is a quaint, old town with lots of cute shops and plenty of restaurants.  Nevada City at Christmas time is a must.  If you like fine Italian food, you might drive over to Grass Valley and try Ristorante Alloro Cucina Italiana.  It is THE place to go for Italiian food.  We love it! ! !  How about grabbing a tasty burger and picking up a delicious pie on the way home? IKEDA'S will make you very happy.  Did I hear you say that you would like to try a local beer?  Knee Deep, Moonraker and Auburn Ale House all have excellent beer selections. We have tried one after each of our Dirty Secret Trail Races.  I am not sure what the dirty secret is, but the race is lots of fun and we will be back again next year to try to figure it out.

      If you do not have time after the hike to explore the local area, maybe try our favorite Elk Grove restaurant, Todo un Poco instead.

      What should be our next day tripping adventure?  Let us know.  So much to do and so little time.  Happy Trails!

                                    Ray and Mary Margaret



             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

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3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758




Comment balloon 22 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • May 17 2020 12:06AM


Hello Raymond - I like when a waterfall is discovered but can't express that same "excitement" at suspension bridges .  It's good that your day trip brought you to a place not far from Elk Grove where short and somewhat longer adventures are possible.  Sounds like a terrific way to spend a day.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Michael Jacobs, my wife will walk miles for a chance to see a waterfall.  The fun in the suspension bridge is walking across it as it sways back and forth.  We are off on another adventure this morning.  Thank you for taking the time to view my blog.  Have a great Sunday! 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 months ago


I love day trips, and there are a couple of waterfalls on our agenda to visit and revisit. I loved the trip you took us on with your pictures and restaurant suggestions.  Happy Sunday!  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

Hello Raymond.  Always good to go for a day trip and sounds like you have lots of places to go to.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 6 months ago

That looks and sounds like my kind of hike!  You are both looking good on the bridge!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 6 months ago

Wow that looks like a great place to do a road trip to !!! We’re headed out to buy Strawberries from a local farm stand 

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) 6 months ago

We like to take day trips but are still impacted by the stay at home orders.

This is day 71 of not driving my car.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

What beautiful trails, Raymond. Personally, I wouldn't mind a trip to Ristorante Alloro Cucina... you'll always get my attention with Italian food!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 6 months ago

That looks like a very beautiful area to hike and enjoy nature. The suspension bridge looks fun to cross and always good when a good restaurant is not too far away to enjoy after a good hike.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

Good morning Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - lots of opportunities to enjoy nature while social distancing.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel, I hope you share pictures of the waterfalls you visit.  I will be looking forward to them.

 Will Hamm, we are blessed with a lot of fun things to do around Elk Grove.

Brian England, thank you.  We will be in Goodyear again about the 24th.  Do you have any time to lead us exploring some Arizona trails? 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 months ago

Michael J. Perry, I hope you found some good strawberries and mayb enjoy them over ice cream!

Roy Kelley,  I hope this all calms down soon and you are able to enjoy some more day trips soon.  Hope you are enjoying this Sunday!

Nina Hollander, and this Italian restaurant is special.  I think we are lucky it is 90 minutes from our doorstep.   


Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, we sure enjoyed the day.  I hope your Sunday is going well!

Grant Schneider, everybody was super polite.   Thank you for stopping by. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 months ago

Hi Raymond:

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit and enjoy. Loved your photos!

I've never visited that area but your post makes we want to check it out someday!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 6 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS, The whole area around Auburn is really nice, especially in the spring and fall.  It gets hot in the summer.  I do hope you get a chance to visit one day. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 months ago

Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - This looks like so much fun!  Thanks for sharing your hike with us.  I love that bridge.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 6 months ago

Hi Raymond- I can tell you that if we lived in the area, Larry and I would definitely take that day trip. What beautiful scenery!!!!! Glad you took pictures. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, It was a fun day and we did have fun on the bridge.  The view was especially nice.

Kathy Streib, We would join you!  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 months ago

Good Tuesday morning, Raymond.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Roy Kelley thank you for always being so thoughtful.  I hope you have an outstanding week as well. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 5 months ago

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - I dig those trails and would enjoy visting all the beautiful places of interest you pointed out. They are all so lovely! I could get lost in beauty just looking at your photographs. If I were there in person, I'd be tempted to call you and ask you, what's new on the market? We'd have a serious talk about your market and what's available for sale.


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

We do really live in a special area and are surrounded by fantastic destinations within a short distance; mountains, rivers, lakes, SF, Napa, Tahoe and so much more.  The demand for the area is high so their is not much available.  I have a buyer coming to town next week.  I am not sure there will be much for him to see.  Thank you for taking the time to drop by and, if you ever do come to town, we can certainly talk shop!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago