West Trails at Sunset Whitney Rec Area Now Open


More than 150 Rocklin residents kicked off their Labor Day weekend on Aug. 30 by being part of the first group to officially walk the newly opened West Trails at the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area.

The West Trails offer 2.7 miles of paths, ranging from the parking lot and main trail access at 4201 Midas Avenue to secondary trail access points at Whitney Blvd. and at Sunset Blvd.

The special opening ceremony included remarks from Rocklin City leaders and volunteers, a ribbon cutting and the inaugural walk.

“Opening the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area West Trails to residents has been a priority of the Parks and Recreation Department since the land was purchased by the City,” said Sarah Novo, Parks and Recreation Manager. “It’s exciting to offer people the ability to explore the area at their leisure and we’re thankful to all the staff and community volunteers who have made this possible.”

Since the SWRA was purchased by the City in 2018, staff and volunteers have been hard at work to bring the area back up to standards for enjoyment. Volunteer opportunities have included the removal of an unsightly fence installed after the former golf closure and a beautification project where 120 trees and 200 plants were put in. There is still extensive work to be done.

For residents who like to be involved in future volunteer opportunities to improve trails across Rocklin, including in the SWRA, please visit the City’s “Trail Keepers” page at www.rocklin.ca.us/trail-keepers to learn more and sign up.