All Auburn families have their Thanksgiving traditions: Playing cards, watching football, taking turns stirring the lumps out of the gravy. Many Auburnites also have as a tradition the post-feast hike, or meander.

Living in Auburn makes this tradition easy for those with bellies full of turkey and sweet potatoes, as so many neighborhoods play host to canyon trailheads that lead Auburnites on rust red paths venturing near and far.

One perfect Thanksgiving hike is Canyon View Preserve, as the 1 1/4-mile loop is the perfect length for a post-feast stroll.

Now California may be known for its golden hills, but in November these hills are the most brilliant shade of green, a complement to the golden breasts of the finches that flit in and out of the bramble along the trail.

Not too far from the main trailhead at the intersection of Bowman Road and Highway 80, is an expansive view of the American River Canyon as well as the Foresthill Bridge. There’s even a strategically placed bench for your viewing pleasure. This scene is particularly stunning with the morning sunrise, for those who prefer a bit of peace and quiet before the chaos of the day.

For those who like to bring a four-legged friend along the trail, there’s a small stream at the bottom of the loop where a furry buddy might dip and sip. Some of the trees there have leaves as golden as sunshine. The water catches their reflection, and makes them dance. It’s quite a sight!

While most of us are required to access this trail from the main entrance, the neighbors in the Sierra Sunrise area are fortunate enough to have their own private access point.

Oh, but Canyon View Preserve is not the only trail accessible from an Auburnite’s back door. There are so many more to be discovered. Do you have a favorite trail? Eventually, we’ll explore them all.

But for now, let’s stay focused on our Day of Thanks.
 After that hike, you’ll probably want to head home and have yourself some pumpkin pie – or maybe you prefer pecan?

There are many scrumptious pies to be found in Auburn, and next week we’ll have the skinny – and the plump – on pastries.