from the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy
The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (AFC) and its docents are leading hikes for the public across gorgeous terrain the conservancy is working to preserve in Millard Canyon. The hikes will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9 AM, and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 9 AM.
The conservancy needs to raise an additional $29,000 for the project by Nov. 15. So far it has raised about $646,000, or 96 percent of its $675,000 project goal. Preserving the land will prevent it from ever being developed, and will allow for habitat restoration and education programs.
“It’s rare that you come across either a stream running year-round or a dense woodland in the lowlands of the foothills, but lower Millard Canyon has both,” said Executive Director John Howell. “We’re optimistic that local community members will continue to come forward to help save it.”
HIKE DIRECTIONS: Drive north on Fair Oaks. Turn left on West Loma Alta Drive. Turn right at Chaney Trail, the third intersection you pass. Follow Chaney Trail all the way to the Millard campground parking lot.The hike will proceed down Millard Creek to Canyon Crest, where hikers will be shuttled back to the parking lot.
HIKE INFORMATION: The route is less than a mile and a half, but somewhat rugged with some boulder hopping, so wear hiking boots. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants because there are patches of poison oak, and watch for rattlesnakes. Bring water. The hike itself will take 1-1/2 to 2 hours. This is not a hike for dogs. No reservations required.