#OptOutside!  Again this year, we will be joining REI’s #OptOutside movement by offering a hike on Black Friday as an alternative to the shopping craze. Sleep in a little and let the turkey digest, then join us at 10am for a guided hike led by our trained docents.

According to REI, “last year, the outdoor community quadrupled the number of people choosing to #OptOutside. More than 6 million people and 700 organizations joined in the effort.” And Placer Land Trust is proud to be among the 700 organizations nationwide promoting getting outdoors to enjoy nature!

On this hike, you’ll see some great views from the top of Big Hill and learn a little about the local flora and fauna, our organization, and our mission to protect natural and agriculture land in Placer County for current and future generations. The Big Hill Preserves contain unusual rock formations, the gently flowing Raccoon Creek, and spectacular panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada foothills and Sacramento Valley.

DISTANCE: The hike will be approximately 5-6 miles, and take 4+ hours depending on the pace of the group and how many stops are made along the way.

DIFFICULTY:  Moderate with uphill and downhill travel, on uneven ground and rough terrain. There is 500+ feet of elevation gain.


We have a “leave no trace” policy – if you pack it in, please pack it out.

Sorry, NO dogs are allowed on our Preserves, unless service animals.

This is a wilderness outing in a natural setting:  there are no restrooms, benches, or water available. Please plan ahead and bring what you will need.

Children under age 8 are not recommended for this hike, but please use your discretion as you know your child best. Parents are responsible for their children.

We suggest you wear sturdy shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. (no flip flops)

Bring plenty of water and a brown bag lunch or snacks to enjoy along the way. Don’t forget your camera!

Participants must sign a release of liability available here: 2017 Blank Liability Waiver Photo release_revAug17   Please print and bring it with you. Parent signature is required for children under 18.

This hike starts at 10:00am in North Auburn. You will automatically receive a confirmation email with directions after completing the registration page.

We suggest a minimum donation of $10 per person. Your donation helps us continue our work, including allowing us to keep offering these hikes.  We accept cash or checks at the event, or you can donate online via credit card at .

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, Nov 21 by 2pm, or when the hike is full. Space is limited. You may sign up to bring family members living with you by adding their name on the registration form. We ask that friends and family not in your household register themselves.

If you have any questions, please contact Janet at or 530-887-9222.