Salmon Falls

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14
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 3,600 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
450
elevation (ft)
0.4
avg mph
126
ridden
55
wishlist
43:36
avg time

Out & Back
AVERAGE RATING
4.18 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on December 31, 2002
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"The trail heads west from the bridge. It hugs the north side of the American River canyon, with some rather extreme sections of singletrack and rocks. The first 200 yards of the trail are 'hike-a-bike' and I really mean it. From that point forward, the Salmon Falls trail follows the contour of the cliffs. It winds in and out of chapparel, oaks, manzanita and other lower Sierra flora. Local fauna has been known to include the rattlesnake, coyote, deer, bovine and human life forms. Ride with care and please remember that since it is an out-and-back trail, others may be coming your way. Technically the trail is not too bad. The first 200 yards are the most challenging, but this is a trail that keeps you 'on your toes.' There are many baby heads, rocks, roots and divets that can throw an unaware rider around. It is also a great trail to learn how to ride by the seat of your pants. Total elevation gain on the trail is somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 feet. It is a perfect trail for those who are just getting used to riding again after a long, wet winter on the couch. You can ride this trail anytime of the year, but summers can be HOT. Winters can be nice especially after a nice rain, since the trail is sand based and holds quite a bit of water.
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gregval on May 5, 2014
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Review: Nice mostly flowing singletrack. A few hike-a-bike spots; one early. A few steeper, short climbs. Nice view of the reservoir for most of the trail. Wife liked it; so not too technical.
Not much more to add to the other reviews. Recommended if in the area.

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gar29 on November 18, 2013
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Review: Rode the trail this weekend. It is in great shape and surprising not to dusty for this late in the season of a dry year.

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cgreen5150 on August 17, 2013
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Review: Salmon Falls is a really fun ride. I have ridden this trail about 10 times and it seems like I forget how much fun it is until I ride it again! The rocky section at the beginning has been slightly worked over to make it rideable instead of walking, but still a good challenge that you need to be careful on or end up down the cliff. Who doesn't like a good challenge, right? It has a little bit of everything - flowing sections, climbs, downhill, rocky technical sections, flat meadows, through the trees, on the side of a cliff, views of the lake - everything you could ask for!

Similar Trail: Old Flume/Yuba River, Sweetwater & Forrest Hill

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Cliff_DImond on June 10, 2013
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Review: The trail description is fairly accurate. We rode this on a 75 degree relatively cool Monday. It was ideal and we only saw one other rider. The trail rock gardens have angular rocks that demand attention. I felt more tired after this than other longer less rocky rides.

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Twiddles on June 8, 2013
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Review: Fun trail, stay clear on hot days very hot. Steep drop offs at start just walk it. Around mile 3 trail splits to lower and upper, upper is easier on the way out, lower on the way back both join up about a mile further down trail. Several areas may require a short push over technical rock gardens. At far end of loop you leave single track to a fire-road. Turn around here to save a .5 mile climb on fire road.

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jamtb on May 15, 2012
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Review: I rode the other trail on the North side of the river going east. It is called the American River trail. Its about 18 miles round trip as an out n back. The trail is rather easy and less technical than Salmon Falls, but has more hills. If you like hills, then this is a better trail. If you like more technical single track, Salmon Falls is better. Both nice rides and the scenery is great on both trails.

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jamtb on May 13, 2012
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Review: Thought I would review this trails since no one has since 2010. Great ride, nice mix of single track with rocks, hills and a small mount of fire roads. I did an out N back and logged 20 miles and enjoyed all of it. I did not find a loop and asked locals and they did not know of a loop either. There is also a new trail from the parking lot on the north side that is about the same length. I plan on riding it tomorrow.

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jason_m on June 19, 2010
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Review: A great trail. There's video of it at www.sacramentooutdoorssports.com under their mountain bike section

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nameused on June 12, 2010
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Review: Awesome trail! Took a little while to find it, passed by it twice then finally asked a ranger and they directed us there. Beginning was fun and difficult at the same time. Middle was mostly flat with a multiple downhill runs. I took three other guys with me, and I think we all crashed at least once sometime on the trail. I'm intermediate, but they're beginners and we all did fine. Fun fun trail!

Similar Trail: Sweetwater

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Mammoth4160 on May 24, 2010
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Review: This is a great training trail. Spring is best, water crossings within the small ravines and the wildlife and flowers makes a great trip. Hill climbs are short but demanding and view of Folsom lake is almost 90 precent of the ride. Only issue.. single track and it goes both ways.. many tight spots and you need to be on your game or get run off the trail during the weekends.

Similar Trail: Sweet water

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Crazyman10 on February 21, 2010
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Review: Wasnt all that good of a trail i got real tired and lots of uphills and hardwork put in. Recommended: Don't bring lots of stuff like a big camelbak or overhalling of clothes on. Thats probably my mistake. But ya can you hunt out there cause there is a lot of wildlife. Plus when i rode it today i heard gun shots and there was a fence and i looked on google earth and saw that someone lived right there and if they were shooting then its county owned and was wondering if all that is county owned please answer cause i plan on hunting it for turkey season next month(lots of turkey)

* Review edited 2/22/2010

Similar Trail: Havent ridden anything like this

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AK_Dan on December 3, 2009
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Review: Awesome. The first mile was kind of a drag but after that I really got into the flow and pounded out the trail as an out & back, turning around just short of the campground. Trail is a great mix of flowy field/forest riding and techie rock patches. You will climb and then drop the same 200 ft a dozen or more times in 9 miles only to turn around and do it again on the way out. I rode midweek and it wasn’t bad but can tell this is a popular ride and will be crowded on the weekends, for all the right reasons, nice trail.

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damianregalado on November 10, 2009
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Review: This trail is pretty fun. Not bad for an out and back. For the record... Who would want to mountain bike out to a location and hunt black bears?... How would you get the bear back?

Similar Trail: Haven't ridden any like this around here yet.

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allenmiller on October 17, 2009
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Review: Very nice trail. do any of you know if any one hunts out there. Last time I was out there I saw a 300lb black bear. Would Like to know if i can ride and hunt the same area?

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thedaver16 on November 23, 2008
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Review: have ridden four times since november, great trail very fun single track, with enough technical sections to keep you focused and make the ride super exciting. today was my first time riding it(came up from SF area) and I will come back soon hopefully before heavy rains come * Review edited 11/23/2008

* Review edited 1/29/2009

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chappy916 on June 6, 2008
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Review: BADASS

Similar Trail: my happy trail

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Stacey_Andres on April 12, 2008
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Review: This is a great ride with a little bit of everything. Starts with a rocky climb and the terrain continues to change up throughout. Just a whole lot of fun.

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rfriedman on January 31, 2008
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Review: Great trail if crowds are low. I rode during the winter after a rain and the trail was in great shape (drains well). First few minutes are rocky with some technical spots, but the trail has a great variety overall of smooth single track, short climbs/descents, and rocky/technical challenges.

Similar Trail: Forest Hill Divide Loop Rockville Mr Toad's if you like the mix of technical and sweeping single track

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ncohen on April 26, 2007
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Review: the trail is really about 10 miles one way--20 miles out and back

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caridefast on December 19, 2006
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Review: This trail is my local favorite -- mostly because of the proximity to my house although I must say the trail grows on me more and more each time I ride it. While there are no major climbs (or descents) to speak of, there are many opprotunities to test your bike placement skills. Don't get me wrong, you will climb a bit, but shortly thereafter, you will wind up riding right back down an equal elevation of your last climb. This trail has at least 7 or 8 creek bed crossings -- many of which are a part of a 180 degree swithcback.... You'll almost always be well served to choose a line with the fewest rocks in your way as you climb your way out of each switchback. Hard tail riders will choose their lines wisely as the trial is delveloping ruts and showing more and more embedded rock as the years press on. Full suspension will allow you to more or less ride wherever you wish on the trail although some of the erosion ditches are getting so big that you'll probably want to avoid those no matter what.

Similar Trail: Locally, perhaps some of the stuff up in Auburn -- though you'll want to be much more ready to climb up there.

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jeyroz on July 3, 2006
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Review: Follow up review... I set out on a repeat ride of Salmon Falls and again found the ride a good blend of beginner and intermediate single track. Some of the inclines (or declines depending on your direction) provide a good opportunity to practice your technical riding skills as the rocky terrain will certainly challenge a new rider's ability to control and pedal his/her ride. I will be riding SF again in the morning (3rd time) with a new set of pedals and hope to learn even more from the experience.

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jeyroz on June 26, 2006
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Review: I set out on my hardtail after only having ridden 3 other trails in Auburn, Ca. As a new rider, I found this trail to be manageable and not as technical as I had been led to believe. The terain provides a strong workout and will challenge a new rider's concentration. All in all, the trek is one that I will do again.

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tmartin72 on December 21, 2005
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Review: Great for a night ride. A roller coaster ride with a couple of tricky sections. Different options if you explore. Good work out if you go all the way back to peninsula camp ground and back. I still have not figured out where the Mickey Mouse trails starts.

Similar Trail: Foresthill Divide

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Juan_Gear on June 23, 2005
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Review: Was a lot of fun on the single speed. Becomes a new trail.

Similar Trail: Sweet Water s

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Juan_Gear on June 12, 2005
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Review: Its O.K. if you link sweet water and do the loop over the hill to Mickey Mouse

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gar29 on October 24, 2004
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Review: Check out the bridge that exposed during fall/winter. It makes a great loop with the Sweetwater Trail on the other side of the river.

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Big_B on June 18, 2004
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Review: Good ride, watch out for rattlers. Great place to swim in the lake near the end (before the hill).

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Guest on April 13, 2004
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Review: Salmon Falls is a good ride, that I have ridden many times. A couple of warnings, though. First, there are a couple of areas of the trail that might cause a novice to freak. Namely, a rocky ride along a "cliff" that drops into the river below. It is not bad if you are comfortable on your bike, but can be rough if you are not. Second, DO NOT keep any valuables in your car. There continues to be break ins out there. In fact, I had my car broken into in April '03. Otherwise, it is a fun ride, close to town and has some great views of Folsom Lake.

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Guest on April 12, 2004
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Review: Great ride. Bring your girlfriend, she'll love it. Good fast single track that's not technical.

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Salmon Falls MTB Trail 4.18 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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