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Maidu Park

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General Information

Maidu park is a relatively large city park in the city of Roseville, located in Northern California, just north-east of Sacramento.

The park is split into two areas: the outdoorsy and grassy part of the park, and the developed area with a museum about the native people that used to once inhabit this land, a library, and a community center.

There are a few fields at the park for soccer and baseball. There are also a few batting cages for baseball players to practice their swings.

Families can have fun here as well as there are a few picnic areas. But you have to come early to reserve your picnic area as it is first come first serve.

Trailheads

We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.

Routes and Trails You Can Travel

We currently do not have any record of good routes in this park.

Hiking

The hiking at this park isn't the rigorous kind of trekking you may get in a real forest or preserve. This park is more for enjoying a nice and pleasant walk that isn't too fat of a drive from your neighborhood. There are some nice walking and jogging paths throughout the park.

If you are creative, you can switch up your walking routes to make the walks more unique. There is just enough space for that at the park which is about 50 acres in total size.

Trails

A nice and educational walk in the park is the just over half a mile walk to see the historic sites of the native people that used to once live here. The trail is also pretty scenic as it leads through a stream and patches of oak trees; pretty nice for a city park. The trails leads to the Maidu Historic Site which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 1973.

So there you go. On this walk you get some exercise, see a historic site, and walk through some pretty and pleasant areas.

Climate and Weather

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History

Prior to westerners moving into this area beginning in the early 1800s, there were three groups of closely related native people who called this general area their home. These people were known as the Maidu, which is obviously where the park gets its name.

The Mountain Maidu people used to live on land that is now Plumas and Lassen counties. The Konkow native people used to live on what is now Butte and Yuba counties, and the Nisenan native people lived on what is now Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado counties.

In the early part of the 1800s, the Spanish came to this land. The Spaniards looked to profit from hunting of various game in the area, and converting the native people into their religion. The Spaniards also brought with them diseases for which the native people had not developed natural immune defenses like Malaria.

Slowly, as the years went by, the native people were pushed out of their land, and the land was developed more and more. First there was the gold rush, then there was the rush to cut down the timber to use for building.

Now, the area is home to the pleasant city of Roseville, where people of hundreds of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds live and work together.

Wildlife

Birds

Trees

Flowers

Flower lovers will be glad to know that there is a rose garden in the park. The rose garden is in bloom during the Spring.

Other Plants

Camping Possibilities

While there are some picnic tables, there is no camping at this park.

Other Information

Here is the contact information for the library, museum, sport fields, and the community center:

Maidu Community Center: 774-5950
Maidu Indian Museum: 774-5934
Maidu Branch Library: 774-5900
Maidu Sports Courts: 774-5968

Parking

There is plenty of street parking all along the park.

Driving Directions

The park is a few block east of Highway 80. From Rocky Blvd, you can turn right on Rocky Ridge Drive, which will get you right to the park.

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Hiking or Walking Groups Nearby

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Group Name: Sacramento Backpacking

Group Description: Sacramento-area based group with a preference for multiple-day excursions into the backcountry.

Group Name: Sonoma County Wanderers

Group Description: This is a hiking group for the intermediate hiker! For a hiker that enjoys a relaxed pace, conversation, picture taking and the journey as much as the destination. We usually do between 4 and 10 miles with moderate elevation gain.
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Group Name: Milpitas Social Group

Group Description: This group is for all ages!! We do things from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and occasionally all the way to Los Angeles. Dinners, pot lucks, hikes, walks, bikes, camping, happy hours, treat yourself to a massage/spa treatment. Run into old friend! Everybody has to eat and exercise sometime – might as well do it in good company of others. As we see it, one of the reasons to create this group is for singles of all ages to get together and have fun. Struggling with Divorce? Meet other persons who are either anticipating or are in the midst of divorce, custody, or support-related issues and need some direction. Just broke up with a boyfriend/girlfriend. Well join the group! …or just killing times until Mr/Ms. "RIGHT" comes along! To those newly singled and are yet unsure what they want to do with their lives. We suggest a period of experimental single of growth where you can try a variety of new things, new friends, new attitudes etc... You just need to find what ....

Group Name: Muir Woods and Marin Hiking

Group Description: hiking in Muir Woods and other nearby areas. There is even a trail with a small bar at the end of it - join us!

Group Name: Roam the Woods: Women Specific Backpacking

Group Description: Get Trail Smart! Roam offers one and two week backpacking learning vacations for women. We utilize National Parks and Wilderness areas across the U.S. as our "classroom". Have you ever wanted to see glacier fed lakes, long distance trails, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, lush meadows, mountain streams, awe inspiring peaks…and have the confidence to accept every lesson Mother Nature provides? Roam will show you the way! Visit: www.roamthewoods.com for more information

Group Name: Amazon HIking and Adventure Group

Group Description: Fairfield, CA based Women's Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group! The Amazon Group is a group for meeting other Women in their 20's and 30's who enjoy hiking, outdoors, and fitness. This group is for healthy/fit women who love to be outdoors and enjoy activities like: Hiking, backpacking, river-rafting, kayaking, and camping! Whether you are an experienced hiker or have never hiked before, join us! Other events include girl's night outs, hanging out, and day trips to fun new places. We also often stop at nearby places for good brews, food and conversation after hikes. Have fun while getting fit! Make new friends! Take time out of your busy life and get outside, and meet new people.

Group Name: San Francisco Hiking Group

Group Description: Scenic hikes and challenging rock climbing along the Bay with views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio, and Sausalito. Good way to make friends with San Francisco locals and enjoy some good hiking!

Group Name: Snowdogs

Group Description: Hiking, Running, Skiing/Snowboarding and other outdoor activities

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Group Name: Bay Area Birders

Group Description: This group is for birding people in the San Francisco Bay area. I figure we can open it to everyone. I will not be the "leader", but I hope that each of you will step forward now and then to lead some kind of outing. Roy

Upcoming Hikes

SF BEER OLYMPICS! FREE + Cheap Beer! | 90.3 km away

Date: Friday, 2-2-2018

Description: Hey everyone! Come meet some new peeps while going for the gold in the SF Beer Olympics FREE to play! 5 BEERS for $10 Games: Flip Cup, Beer Pong, Relays --> Everyone's placed on a team based on their country (to make it easy to meet people). There is a UN team too. --> Teams compete in games including flip cup, beer pong and relays. --> Come to play or just come and watch, drink cheap beer and be social! Meet and compete against locals, travelers, couch surfers, au pairs and hostelers. After the Olympics, head upstairs for free entry to Impala night club! (Free entry for Olympics guests only). 'Like' us on Facebook *and* RSVP that you're attending & your 1st beer is $1 http://www.facebook.com/beerpubcrawl ****************************************************** DATE: Fridays PLACE: Horizon 498 Broadway St., SF (Signup with the Beer Olympics coordinator) TIME: Signup at 8:30PM ******************************************************

Past Hikes

Ultra Long Hike Which Requires Training | 94.6 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-7-2010

Description: I want to train with some people to do a really long and strenuous hike - maybe around 30+ miles. Maybe find some record to break :) Any ideas?

Shipwreck Hunt During Low Tide | 94.2 km away

Date: Saturday, 1-29-2011

Description: The original shipwreck hunt was a very popular event, so we are scheduling another event to see the two ships that can be spotted in the ocean during low tide! We will meet at: 870 El Camino Del Mar, San Francisco, California That is the trailhead. The hike is 2 miles each way. The terrain is pretty easy, but in the middle there are few mid-sized hills. Here is a page describing Lands End: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/lands_end_national_park.php

Alviso Slough loop | 98.6 km away

Date: Sunday, 2-6-2011

Description: Meeting point Alviso Marino park - there must be parking there.It is easy hike 9-10 miles along Alviso slough. It is 100% flat. Hope it will be good bird watching opportunities. You can bring small lunch with you or we may decide to try Alviso town restaraunt

Shipwreck Hunt Hike | 94.2 km away

Date: Sunday, 2-13-2011

Description: Since this was such a popular event last time, we will be doing this hike again. The hike is scheduled specifically during a time of low tide when tops of two drowned ships can be seen. One ship is during the middle of the hike and the other ship is at the end of the hike. The event is free, but donations on the site or at the event are appreciated since it takes a lot of time and effort to organize the event. Here is a link to Lands End to see what you can expect: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/lands_end_national_park.php Children are welcome on this hike, but must be closely supervised by their parents.

Cannons, Ecology and Palace of Fine Arts Hike at the Presidio | 92.8 km away

Date: Sunday, 2-20-2011

Description: This will be a really beautiful and historic hike through the Presidio. We will meet at the Arguello Gate, walk along the Ecology Trail, then through the army base to see the old Officers Homes and a display of historic cannons used by the army. We will then go to the Palace of Fine Arts for a break and a little snack (10-20 minutes), and then we will head back. Here is some information about the Presidio: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/the_presidio.php

Shipwreck Hunt Hike | 94.2 km away

Date: Sunday, 2-27-2011

Description: Since this was such a popular event last time, we will be doing this hike again. The hike is scheduled specifically during a time of low tide when tops of two drowned ships can be seen. One ship is during the middle of the hike and the other ship is at the end of the hike. The event is free, but donations on the site or at the event are appreciated since it takes a lot of time and effort to organize the event. Here is a link to Lands End to see what you can expect: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/lands_end_national_park.php Children are welcome on this hike, but must be closely supervised by their parents.

Presidio Ridge Trail To Golden Gate Bridge | 92.8 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-13-2011

Description: This will be mid-difficulty hike. We will meet at the Arguello gate and hike along the (relatively newly built) Ridge Trail which is very scenic. The hike goes to the bottom of Golden Gate Bridge.

Once we get to the bridge, we will go back along the same path to where we started.

Arrowhead Marsh Bird Walk | 86.2 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-20-2011

Description: This walk is by Arrowhead Marsh near the Oakland Airport. The area is popular with birders because of winter waterfowl population, and frequent sighting of California Clapper Rails. We meet at 1:00 pm in the main parking lot. From 880, head toward the Oakland Airport. Turn right at Pardee Drive, then left on Swan Way, and right to enter the park. Ignore the first 2 parking areas, and continue to the end of the road by the observation tower. Approach the water. I will be sitting on the fishing dock, wearing a dorky white hat with a cape. High tide is at 1:42 pm, offering a good change of seeing a clapper rail or two. If that fails, we can try again in the late afternoon. Meanwhile, we can wander about various pond and shoreline areas to observe a variety of waterfowl. Here is a link to park information and a park map. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mlk All walking is level and paved. Bicycles are allowed. Distance depends on what we care to do. The loop around the New Marsh and seasonal p ....

Lost in the Presidio Hike Adventure | 92.8 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-27-2011

Description: This will be an experimental hike where we take trails we don't really know and see if we get lost, and can find our way back. Do not worry! The Presidio is not very big and I know it pretty well. So really, we won't be very lost. But it will be fun to orient ourselves and see if we can figure out different trails in a somewhat unusual and experimental situation where everyone can contribute. We will meet at the Arguello gate. There is plenty of parking on the streets there.

Musical Chairs Presidio Hike | 92.8 km away

Date: Saturday, 4-2-2011

Description: To make the hike more fun and social, we will do some experiments with playing musical chairs with whom you hike next to, and who leads the hike. The focus will be on making it fun, healthy, social, and creative. Game suggestions are welcome The hike will be through many different Presidio trails. There is plenty of parking on the streets.

San Francisco Hilltop Tour | 93.6 km away

Date: Saturday, 4-9-2011

Description: Great for ALL LEVELS of hiker! A popular favorite, we sample all the great views from San Francisco's central hills. Hikers are encouraged to do any portion of the hike, stopping to do other city-things when they've had enough, or catching a bus or calling a cab--you can even join us along the way if you call and track us down en route. The entire loop is 13 miles and goes from Bernal Hill to Holly Park, Glen Canyon, Mount Davidson, Twin Peaks, Tank Hill, Monument Hill, the Vulcan and Saturn Steps, Corona Heights with the Castro, Dolores Park and the wild murals of Clarion Alley on the way back to Bernal. This will be the fourth time Mike has led this hike. The route is similar to this: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Ellsworth+St&daddr=Unknown+road+to:Esmeralda+Ave+to:Elsie+St+to:Unknown+road+to:37.74304,-122.44537+to:37.7454984,-122.4463794+to:37.74606,-122.44726+to:37.746284,-122.4433892+to:37.7469013,-122.4450711+to:Portola+Dr+to:37.738394,-122.453243+to:Twin+P ....

Length of Golden Gate Park Hike and Learning About Nature | 93.5 km away

Date: Sunday, 4-10-2011

Description: Spring is a great time to see the different blooming wildflowers and other plants. I don't know too much about flowers or plants, but I promise to read up on it and share what I know. The hike itself will be the length of Golden Gate Park and back. It will take about 45 minutes each way and we will break in the middle by the ocean.

Ed Levin - Monument Peak | 93.8 km away

Date: Sunday, 4-17-2011

Description: Meeting point: Sandy Wool Lake parking Please call or e-mail (vaysfeld@sbcglobal.net) me if you want to join. I'll check this site as well. Uphill part: 3-5 miles AGUA CALIENTE trail , Monument peak trail, Monument peak road If we'll be OK then reach Monument peak in Mission peak park Downhill Seirra trail, Monument peak, Calera creek trail

Lowest Tide Sunrise Shipwreck Hike | 94.2 km away

Date: Tuesday, 4-19-2011

Description: This will be super-low-tide and I think the ships will be most visible exactly at this time and date of the month. We will also probably catch the sunrise. The hike is very early in the day, so if we will all be awake we will have a little historic talk and about an hour hike. After that we will all probably take the bus to work together. :) I am very excited about this particular tide because it is supposed to be extremely low. There is plenty of parking in the area, and we will all gather at the sign which says Lands End.

2 Buck Chuck Wine ;) Scavenger Hunt Hike | 92.8 km away

Date: Sunday, 5-1-2011

Description: In another attempt to make hiking more fun and spontaneous, I will plant some wine bottles in random places of the Presidio and we will try to find the wine. I will let others lead so that it is truly a scavenger hunt. If the park rangers or the squirrels do not find, and drink the wine, we will have some after about 2 hours of hiking.