Sunset Whitney Recreation Area

Rocklin treasure, a golden opportunity

Rocklin, CA- Sunset Whitney Recreation Area in Rocklin is now open. A golf course for some 50-odd years has now been repurposed for community use. The 184 acres now includes over 5 miles of trails with expansion plans on the way. (The City acquired the property for $5.8 million)

Originally built at a time when Rocklin’s population teetered around 1,600, residents were anxious for the now defunct Sunset Whitney Golf Club to be turned from a towering weed farm into greener pastures of recreational use.

Sunset Whitney Recreation Area signage

Best Time to Visit

With fully exposed trails, expect more visitors during the cooler hours at dawn and dusk. Following winter rains, a profusion of colors along with seasonal ponds and creeks make winter and spring exceptional times to visit.

South Whitney Tunnel Crossing

Rocklin Tunnel
Golf balls at SWRA
Remnants of the recent past

To explore the adjoining portion of open space, take the tunnel that runs beneath South Whitney traffic. On hot days, the tunnel offers a brief respite from the sweltering rays of the sun .

Dogs and Trash

Please be respectful of your neighbors and keep your dogs on a leash. Carry in, carry out any trash.

Quick Info

Newly opened when we first visited a couple years back, more enhancements and improvements on the way, Sunset Whitney Recreation Area is a Rocklin treasure that should be a golden opportunity for the community for years to come. Plenty of parking is available in the large lot just off Midas Ave. It’s hard to miss the sign.

It’s a wise bet to bring sunscreen, a hat and water. The recreation area currently doesn’t offer amenities, so enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

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